Local Produce Dinner : The River Moruya

Sometimes fate has other things in mind for us. I was on my way to The River Cottage Australia thanks to my friend Brenda Bahn. The others, Brenda Sammy and Kealy, had arrived at Merimbula earlier that day, much earlier. But I had to work. Luckily my friend used her ingenuity and found me another flight – otherwise I wouldn’t have even been on that weekend adventure. My flight arrived into Moruya at night. Tilba Tilba, and The River Cottage sat somewhere in between Merimbula and Moruya.

So while the others had originally planned to eat dinner in Merimbula, somehow they found themselves waiting beside the tarmac for my REX flight to arrive. And the dinner plans were changed to Moruya. By accident and not design (if that’s what you believe), they discovered one hat restaurant The River. Not only was the restaurant a rather pleasant surprise for me, but there was an additional delight as it was also the monthly local produce dinner. And on the NSW south coast, that means fish and seafood.

Potato and leek veloute, crispy tuross oyster

The River restaurant: olive crusted tuna

Local Produce Dinner
Friday 6th September 2013

Potato and leek veloute, crispy tuross oyster

Olive crusted tuna carpaccio, artichoke brigoule, crab beignet

Pan fried ling, carrot puree, pickled fennel and cucumber salad, saffron gnocchi

Orange jelly, white chocolate and pistachio mousse, mandarin sorbeet

The menu was prepared from local and seasonal produce, sourced from the following locations:

LIng, tuna, crab – Narooma
Leeks, artichokes, orange, broccoli, eggs, herbs – Old Mill Rd farm
Cucumber, fennel, carrot – Queen Street Growers
Potatoes – Michael Hulse
Mandarins – Tuross

Dinner was set menu and a delight. Simple and tasty: classic cookery let the produce shine.

The River
16b Church St Moruya NSW, Australia
+61 2 4474 5505

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