In the latest installment of the birthday month celebrations, the one on the right treated the one on the left (and me) to the Flavour Tour, even though the one on the right was actually celebrating HIS birthday that week…
Confusing? Yep! Another reason to go out and celebrate on a school night? Who cares if it's confusing - we're in! And I’m never going to turn down a water taxi to dinner :)
As we cruised down the canal the sky fired up with the sunset and turned the world from blue to pink to purple.
Just as the light show ended, the clock struck 7pm signaling the start of our culinary adventure. The Flavour Tour follows a simple fomula of 5 drinks and dishes at 5 different restaurants for $69, starting with a glass of bubbles at West Indies Wine Company where you are presented with the menu for the night. Other than letting them know whether you’re veggie or not, you have no choice in the menu as it’s put together that day depending on what each chef can find at the Farmers Market.
Our first stop was Ortanique. The soup was hearty, really tasty and filling. The perfect start. I won’t deny that I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t served with the restaurants famous garlic bread, which is disastrously moreish and a treat I look forward to every time we go, however the disappointment was quickly forgotten when we tasted the cocktail – which was so delicious that we were soon ordering seconds.
Second course was a delectable seafood risotto at Abacus. Perfectly paired with a glass of cold Kung Fu Girl Riesling this was by far my favorite stop of the evening where we also got chatting to some of the other guests on the tour. As the food is served at long tables at each restaurant you’re encouraged to mix with other diners which adds a fun dimension to the night.
Next up was Mizu. Sadly, even though Mizu usually ranks very highly with me and I often chose it for a sushi night with the girls, I honestly can’t say anything good about the dish they served. Noodles in a chicken broth reminded me of cheap super noodles, the type you associate with university days. It's appearance didn't really do it for me either.
Which was really disappointing because just a few weeks ago we had a great night out at the Tepaniaki table with plenty of incredible food, so I was looking forward to this stop. My overall impression that night was that the food was poor and rather than making an effort to entice those on the tour to come back for a full meal, they had gone for the cop out option of serving something quick and easy.
Moving swiftly on. Our last stop was Karoo. The Flavour Tour usually takes you to Michael’s Genuine but they had a private event on that night so we were in the very capable hands of Chef Will O’Hara, who recently joined Karoo from the Brasserie, and whipped up delicious lime posset to go with an ice coffee martini, making a special fuss over the 2 birthday boys of course!
Returning back to our original base to finish the tour, we ended the night with a couple of glasses of wine.
It was a fabulous evening and even with one dud course I would definitely recommend the Flavour Tour. It’s something different, a great way to try new foods and sample all of Camana Bay’s restaurants, not to mention a fab birthday present for all to share! Throw in a couple of besties and you really can’t fail. Thanks to the two beauties in the middle for a fab night!
To book onto the Flavour Tour just call 345.640.9492 and make sure you do reserve your spot in advance because they do fill up. Let me know what you think!