Several people had recommended The Pitchfork restaurant to us so when it was time to organise Joan’s 89th birthday family lunch, that’s where I put my vote. John looked around as he thought the location might be loud and Joan doesn’t handle loud very well.
He agreed to go when I said if it was loud we’d apologise and find somewhere else. (I have NO idea what plan B would have been.) John went off with his dad to pick Joan up and the rest of us headed to the restaurant with all her gifts and ‘the cake‘ I’d spent hours decorating. I drove alone with the cake beside me in the cooler. If someone had pulled out in front of me, we’d have had mush but luck was on my side and the cake arrived in pristine condition.
We arrived at The Pitchfork and were met by a lovely young man who showed us where we could sit and it would have been fine but there was no place for the baby’s stroller/bed. No problem at all and we were given the entire back section of the restaurant with plenty of room for baby and oldies.
It was as quiet as you’d want it to be, plus we had a great view into the open kitchen where Craig Galea and his wife Kim, chefs and owners make their magic. Not the best photo and my apologies. I only brought the close-up lens and he wasn’t so close. I’ll take another when I visit gain – and I WILL be visiting again.
Our server, Tatiana Nery, looked after us so well. She made sure everyone was happy and even gave Rob a fresh glass of wine when a fly decided to commit suicide by drowning. We did tell him the fly wouldn’t drink much but he was determined not to find out.
I’d been told the food was going to be very good but I didn’t know how good until I took my first bite. When I spied an appetiser on the menu of roasted carrot, ricotta and walnut tortellini with burnt butter, garlic and sage sauce and some goats cheese and parmesan to top it off, I knew that’s what I wanted – and I wanted it for a main. “No problem,” said Tatiana.
This was so good I insisted that everyone at the table have a bite. My tastebuds were thanking me for choosing this exquisite dish. I’ve since made this at home and I’ll share that recipe soon.
Joan wanted a ‘big steak cooked medium rare’ and that’s just what she got along with a caramelised onion tart, jus and a salad. It was a good thing John was sitting next to her or Charlie would have had a nice treat. As it happened, John had the nice treat because he helped his mother finish the steak. All the steaks are 100% grass fed and if they’re like the steaks at our table, extremely tender.
Since you now know I don’t cook much seafood, my husband quite often will order it and he chose the fish and chips with sauce gribiche. He really enjoyed the crunch outside and the soft, flaky fish inside. Not one bit was sent back to the kitchen.
Emily, the mother of baby Sam wanted fish as well and she chose the fish of the day which was swordfish served with peas, baby zucchini, broad beans, mint feta and salsa agresto. She thought it was delicious and she ate the whole thing.
That leaves John’s dad, Rob who will always order duck if it’s on the menu and he chose the confit duck with kipfler potatoes, sprouts and a creamed mustard sauce. He didn’t like the duck. He thought it was tough and stringy and from a duck lover like he is, it was tough to hear. When I told him I was going to blog about our wonderful lunch at The Pitchfork he said, “Well, be honest and tell them I didn’t like the duck.” Job done.
From all the meals I’ve eaten out, there are always going to be times that something is not going to be perfect so we didn’t let that stop the rest of us wanting to visit again.
Once the plates were cleared it was time for Joan’s cake. The restaurant staff brought it out with sparklers and sang happy birthday to her and then plated it up and served it with vanilla bean ice cream. I think I’d like to celebrate my next birthday there too.
Only little Sam didn’t get a taste of anything. Not just yet but soon! I took this as he was ‘talking’ to me. I understood nearly every word. 🙂
The Pitchfork has been open for three years but it only took the chefs two years to earn the coveted best BYO on the Sunshine Coast at the 2012 Restaurant and Catering Awared. The menu changes with the seasons, except for a few favourites that they’d get in trouble for dropping and I hope the tortellini is one of those.
They cater for those needing to be gluten free and they have several vegetarian options – like the dish I had.
Peregian Beach Square
Peregian Beach, Queensland
Reservations requested 07 5471 3697
Love the pics….nice place. 🙂 ela
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day! Gorgeous photos Maureen! Mouthwatering!
Glad you all enjoy the occasion together…after all, what could be any better…says she who has no family left…hugs!
I have to borrow John’s family. I have family but they’re all 10,000 miles away.
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day! Gorgeous photos Maureen! Mouth-watering!
What better way to share the occasion as a family….Cheers! Joanne
Thanks, Joanne, it was really quite dark in there and I only brought the 50mm lens. I don’t know what I was thinking. (okay I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to get that cake there in one piece’.)
Lovely restaurant….I would enjoy a meal there any day. 🙂
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
Little Sam so badly wants a piece of The Cake! The look on my face right now (after this second blog post about The Cake) is the exact same as Sam’s! 🙂
Maureen – it is refreshing to read this honest review – sorry to hear the duck wasbad but that “roasted carrot, ricotta and walnut tortellini with burnt butter, garlic and sage sauce and some goats cheese and parmesan on top” sounded amazing!
Now am gonna drown my sorrow over the lack of a piece of that cake with some Godiva Coffee!
John@Kitchen Riffs says
John got both fish and part of his mom’s steak? Surf ‘n turf rules! 😉 Fun review — thanks.
He would say he was only helping. 🙂
I loved the lovely tortellini picture and description. I look forward to making home made pasta some weekend so that I can have a browned butter and sage sauce to go with it. It’s a shame about the tough duck. I would have probably ordered that as well, especially as I was curious about kipfler potatoes … which I ended up googling and found it was a species not a cooking/preparation method.
Sam’s picture makes him look very alert and sociable. I bet you’re waiting until he starts talking. Children are endlessly fascinating as they discover the world around them. Especially other people’s kids so they can home when you’re exhausted with explaining things.
I was at the market yesterday and bought some kipfler potatoes. I like them roasted and salty and dipped in sour cream and sweet chili sauce. (going to hell I know)
Roasted potatoes, sour cream and sweet chili sauce … my caboose is expanding at the thought of scarfing that down.
Wow! looks like an amazing place Maureen, can’t wait till you post the pasta recipe.
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books says
Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Your photos of the dishes are making me hungry. =)
Hotly Spiced says
I’m so glad there’s a decent BYO restaurant on the Sunshine Coast. Most of the restaurants we go to up there are fully licensed and that does add extra cost to the night out. I’m always horribly nervous when I have to deliver a cake and as you know, there’s no back-up plan if anything happens. I once had one slide off the cake board. I was able to push it back onto the board but it didn’t look the same! I’ve learnt to put a bit of icing on the board then put the cake on top and that helps it stay in place. The baby is very cute and you got a good picture of him. I think you ordered the best dish and I’m looking forward to your version of the recipe xx
Of course Sam understood you. He was most expressive and bright. I could tell what he was saying just from the picture. Most expressive pair of eyes I have seen in some time.
With all the good food everyone ordered am not sure what I would have ordered. But I am positive it would have been wonderful.
Nice outing. Thanks for sharing it with me and all your readers. 🙂
Even at 3 months old he has his own personality. 🙂
What a wonderful place and to have seating that you have a view of the kitchen was special! 🙂 The food looks delicious, fish and chips is great but I love steak too!! You roasted carrot, ricotta and walnut tortellini looks delicious too!
I bet everyone was surprised to see your beautiful cake! 🙂 Sounds like Joan had a wonderful birthday!
Gisele akaLA2LAChef says
Ugh! It all look so good- now I am very hungry, but unfortunately, it’s a bit of a trip for me 🙁
I wouldn’t try to walk. 🙂 One day you’ll visit and when that happens you’ll let me know, right???
Oh my God!
Little Sam is just so cute!!
The restaurant looks delicious too, I love the Peregian Spring, Peregian Beach area, I will have to come back really soon and try it out!
Let us know when you come and we’ll all go!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
The tortellini looks so yummy, Maureen. And baby Sam is cute!
So glad the birthday lunch was a success…and that the restaurant was quiet for Joan. Despite the not so great duck, the rest of the food looks amazing. And sweet Sam is adorable!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
What a relief that you didn’t have to resort to (a non existent) Plan B! 🙂 And I can’t wait for you to share that recipe 😀
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
It’s a great restaurant isn’t it? What a cutie. He looks like he’s having a very deep conversation!
Oh my goodness – Sam is ADORABLE!! 🙂 What a delightful chap to have share your lunch table. 🙂 The tortellini look and sound fantastic!!!
this looks so delicious – my mouth is already watering and I want that for lunch.
Sounds like a gorgeous birthday party full of wonderful food and service…even if the duck did not turn out quite perfect! Based on your report, I think I would be going back again as well! 🙂
Helene D'Souza says
the menu sounds fantastic and I wouldn’t forget the name of the place for sure. We prefer quite restaurants too and of course unique tasty food. Each restaurant has a few best dishes ever and it always happens that one dish isn’t that perfect. At least like that we know that humans make the food from scratch. 😉
All that food looked fantastic Maureen, but I can’t wait to see the recipe for your dish. Roasted carrots are something that I’ve been making a lot of lately. I might be obsessed with them at the moment. 😉
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Can’t wait for that tortellini recipe – it sounds wonderful. I love that shot of the restaurant – great eye. Beautiful baby Sam!
Glamorous Glutton says
Great looking restaurant. The pasta looks delicious. I’ve just been given a pasta machine and I’m looking forward to trying something like that pasta dish. GG
That fish and steak look amazing!
sue/the view from great island says
How fun — with birthday celebrations like this I bet Joan will live to 100!
Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine says
It sounds like a delightful place and like a wonderful time was had by all. Can’t wait for you to share the recipe for the tortellini. It sounds amazing!
So funny, I was visiting you when I got an email comment that you were visiting me. So sad that it can’t be in person! Why do oceans have to get in the way of friendships?
Eva Taylor says
Not withstanding Rob’s disappointing duck it sounds like it was a fantastic place to celebrate a birthday. It’s so nice that they allow you to bring your own cake, I doubt restaurants in Toronto would allow it but then again I’ve never asked. We would just have dinner out and then have everyone back to our place for dessert. That pasta dish you ordered looks incredible, I can hardly wait for the recipe.
Krissie - Pearls of Style says
Oh Maureen this just looks like my ultimate meal. The food is right up my alley and looks so good I want to eat my computer right now. I better visit asap!
Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au
Looks like everyone had a fabulous meal!! I’m with Rob – if duck’s on the menu I’ll order it. 🙂
Awwww, that was such a nice write-up! And you cake is beautiful! It must have been a wonderful birthday party! 🙂
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
So this is the dish! (sorry I’m catching up your post from newest) It looks delicious and the picture looks amazing! It’s true, be honest about the review, and that makes the review more fun to read and real! My husband is a huge duck fan and would be nice to know ahead (unless the chef changes the duck menu etc). Sounds like you all had a very nice birthday celebration!
Claire @ Simply Sweet Justice says
I want to go on a Queensland Restaurant tour with you. 🙂