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Review: Dovetails Restaurant

November 19, 2017

Today we were lucky enough to be invited to Dovetails Restaurant in Ipswich to enjoy a leisurely lunch. We wouldn't normally head west just for lunch, but from our place in Shailer Park the drive went quickly and it felt refreshing to be out of town. 


We got easy street parking (!!) and wandered into a beautiful Heritage-listed precinct.  The restaurant has a great feel - a newly fitted out interior in a building with great history. Our friendly waitress told us the building was originally a woodworking school and dates back a hundred years.

 

We were seated on a sheltered verandah alongside a full length of bifold windows.  The weather today was rainy and cool; we loved feeling the breeze come in on us as we dined. D and I noted several times how attentive the service was, not to just our table but to all tables.


Wines were ordered and we noted how nice the wine list was - a few well known favourites and a few unknown entities.  I ordered a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauv and D ordered a prosecco. Both were delivered promptly and in the most gorgeous glasses.  Suddenly, it felt like a special occasion!

 

The lunch menu is quite pared back from the dinner menu, but there were at least two or three dishes we were struggling to choose between.  A half dozen oysters Kilpatrick and the garlic and cheese baguette were ordered as entrees and WOWEE were the oysters fantastic.  I mentioned on Instagram that we are generally 'oysters natural' folk, but wanted to see if the chef could do Kilpatrick in a way that didn't overpower the inherent characteristics of the oysters.

 
Smoky, tender, not overcooked - I could've had a dozen of these and called it a day.  The baguette on the other hand was a nice filling starter, but nothing out of the box.  There was a bruschetta on the menu and I felt afterward that we might have enjoyed that more.