My Mum always loved it, but for years I wondered why, as I found the flavour too intense. That is until one day, when I was in my early twenties I ordered it by mistake, and it was probably one of the best mistakes I’ve ever made.
I was working on the southside of Brisbane for a building and maintenance company, and each week I’d have lunch with one of the other girls in the office, Sam.
One day we went to the Tower Bistro at Springwood Tower Hotel, where I ordered a creamy fettuccini dish, which had slivers of smoked salmon throughout it, and I loved it! Suffice to say, we frequented that restaurant for months to come.
Guess what I had? Salmon! But not the smoked salmon on goats cheese bruschetta, asparagus spears, vine ripened tomato, with pistou oil or the crispy skinned Atlantic salmon fillet, smoked tomato, cauliflower, white bean and fennel mélange, Chablis beurre with parsnip wafers – I had something from the specials board.
And it was so special – any salmon lover’s dream – a salmon tasting plate, which included salmon three ways – smoked and crustini and egg salsa, salmon patties with chutney and grilled. It was quite large, and as usual I had trouble fitting it all, so Jahman (who unlike his mother loves salmon as a child) and John gladly helped me finish it off.
I think Bistro C should consider putting it on the menu permanently; it would definitely keep me coming back (not that I wouldn’t anyway)!
And speaking of restaurants that serve fish, namely fish of the day; we received an email during the week from a reader which is sure to make you chuckle:
“A friend was perusing the menu in one small local Noosa restaurant last week and asked the waiter what the fish of the day was… ‘the same as yesterday,’ he responded”.