I recently had dinner with friends at Eight Mile Creek. In view of Grimes's two starred review (Jan 2000, in NYT)and a few positive reviews on this board (Feb 2000) I felt reasonably confident that we'd have a decent --certainly above average--meal.
The emu carpaccio tasted bland. The salad of kangaroo lacked seasoning . The starters were saved by the presence of skate wings. They were piping hot, crispy and moist.
The main courses had mixed receptions. The prawns and accompanying omelet did not really complement one another. And the prawns were, let's say, rather strong. The duck swam in what appeared to be miso soup and tasted like tastless miso soup. The main course fish- special was snow white fish, obviously fresh, with well prepared mash.
Mixed evaluations all round. Of course this may have been an off night. I want to add the service was on the slow side, but friendly. And the Australian red wines on offer are very reasonably priced and good.