Restaurants & Bars

The River [Moruya, NSW]

PhilD | Dec 31, 200901:27 PM

We stopped in Moruya on our drive back to Sydney from the Gippsland Lakes partly because it is one of the few places on the NSW south costs with a decent restaurant (14.5 in the SMH GFG). The restaurant is well located with a good view of the river and mountains, it is quite stylish which is at odds to the typical country town feel of Moruya. Menu choices are good, with quite a few interesting sounding dishes, and so choosing was tricky. The menu is quite creative and the style of dishes wouldn't be out of place in a good restaurant in France, we were impressed that they had a home made charcuterie plate and home made black pudding, so we ordered both.

The big disappointment was the portion size. Both starters were tiny, the charcuterie plate had a slice of terrine, a quenelles of pate and one of pork rillettes. All three were similar in size to the cornichon garnish's, barley a mouthful of each. The black pudding consisted of three small discs supporting a larger deep fried oyster. Both dishes where tasty, but at $20 IMO they are not great value.

Mains were slightly better, but still far from generous in terms of size, my duck breast was slightly over cooked, and my partners fish was good, especially the crab garnish. However, be warned you need to order vegetables and potatoes as extras because the vegetables in the dish descriptions are really garnishes.

Overall the cooking is OK, but doesn't quite counterbalance the small serves of food. I know that restaurants in the country rely on weekend and holiday trade to survive so need to charge a premium, but the balance here wasn't quite right. However, as it is one of the few good restaurants in the area, I would recommend a visit if down that way especially if F&C are wearing thin.

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