After our pleasant ferry ride and walk along the Manly Beach, it was good time for lunch. We spotted a nice al-fresco restaurant from across the beach at The Corso, called Watervue Restaurant, and seeing a reasonable crowd there, we decided to drop by. There was a waiter standing in front of the restaurant ushering people to enter with words like “Would you like to come in for lunch?” while handing over the menu. He seemed friendly enough and after a glance at the menu, we decided to take a seat at one of the few empty tables around. Once seated, we were informed that most items on the Special menu were discounted to $12.50, including steaks.
Al-fresco dining at Watervue Restaurant
There were about 10 items which were included in the Specials menu, but we were in the mood for steaks. I ordered a Grain Fed T-Bone steak at 300gm, done medium rare and topped with mushroom sauce. The steak arrived looking reasonably huge in portion, but had diluted mushroom sauce. Upon cutting, I realized that the steak was done probably a little too rare, as I could still see the beef tendon showing along the cross-section. Other than the sight of the red meat and tendon putting me off, the steak was not spectacular and towards the middle, it felt like I was eating raw meat. Also, did I mention that the mushroom sauce was not only diluted but rather bland too? It was definitely not worth paying the extra for.
Grain Fed T-Bone Steak ($12.50) and Mushroom Sauce ($2.30)
A little too rare?
As for Saucer, he ordered the Grain Fed Rump Steak 300gm, also at medium rare. But what came out was probably done medium well, if not well-done. He noticed it immediately after the first 2 cuts, and decided to send it back for an exchange. It was quite obvious that the steak was done a little too well from its dry texture but to our dismay, the steak was returned with the comment from the chef that “That’s the way medium rare is”. Excuse me? Even though we might not be steak experts, we know very well how to differentiate between a medium rare and a well-done steak, and what we were presented was certainly not close to medium rare. Since we did not want to make a scene, we just kept quiet and let it go. It was a downer to our beautiful day out, no thanks to Watervue.
Grain-fed Rump Steak 300gm ($12.50)
Watervue Restaurant at The Corso, Manly
To sum it up, even though we liked the location and the ambience of the restaurant amidst palm trees and facing the beach, the standard of the food made sure that we would never return. It was one thing to serve us something that we did not order, but another thing to disagree with us. The rule of the game is “Customer is always right”, says Saucer. Thankfully, the rest of our day got better as we headed for our ferry trip back.
Returning to Sydney
94 The Corso
Manly Beach NSW 2095
Bookings: +612 9977 4581