154 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
Date visited: 7th July 2013
MerlinFan, AH, AJ and I spent a gorgeous morning at Cape Schanck. With crisp, cold air and sunny blue skies what more could we have asked for.
By noon, the clouds were gathering and we were starving, so we headed down to Sorrento for some lunch. A quick look on Urbanspoon told us that Three Palms Cafe & Bar was rated no. 3 in Mornington Peninsula and no.1 in Sorrento. As we perused the menu outside, one of the patrons exiting the venue recommended us the place and some of the nice dishes he just had. Okay, sounded pretty good to us, so in we marched.
The interior was like a cosy, modern home with darkly coloured walls and beautiful wood floors.
|Annatto basted whiting fillets with crushed olive and white bean salsa $18.50|
This came at the same time as our order of a bowl of French Fries. Shoestring fries, well-salted with mayo and tomato sauce - simple. There's always something about the smell of saltwater that makes me crave some good ol' french fries.
|French fries with mayo and tomato sauce $7.50|
|Kachai chicken with pineapple chilli sweet and sour $14.50|
There was a slight lull before our next round of dishes. Next we had the Egg fried rice.
|Egg fried rice $8|
It was a really tiny portion especially considering that it was meant for sharing - smaller than a single person dish in most places. Flavour-wise it was nice, but very salty. The uncooked bean sprouts sprinkled over the top to us seemed unnecessary and we left it all behind.
We were looking forward to the Mexican Shredded Beef.
|Millionaire Mexican shredded beef with tequila and beer mop sauce $17|
We were surprised when the Mexican shredded beef came presented almost like a beef patty. The shredded beef was tender and came apart at the push of the fork, with seared crispy bits over the top, however there were a lot of fatty bits mixed into the heap. It was also a really small portion to be shared amongst four.
Lastly, we had the Sticky soy caramel pork belly.
|Sticky soy caramel pork belly on bean shoot salad $22|
Although the food here didn't really wow us, it was pretty tasty despite being on the salty side (I love salt though). We felt however, that the prices were expensive for the small portion sizes. Service was attentive without being intrusive and our dishes were appropriately timed - we were in and out for six dishes in an hour.
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