The Point Fraser development has created some of the finest outlooks of any restaurants around town, and the view from the balcony of the Point Bar and Grill looking up the river towards the Causeway or across to Heirisson Island ranks among the best.
Up the stairs we came to a large dining area and bar, with expansive windows to take advantage of the view, and on a sunny, end of autumn day it was spectacular to say the least. The Causeway is far enough away for the car sounds not to intrude, and with birds flying and crying past, boats puttering up the river and the waves gently lapping on the small beaches under the shade of sheoak you would be hard pressed to beat this as a venue for a relaxing drink or meal.
The menu has an interesting mix of offerings – from pizza and pasta and steaks as well as some more innovative and interesting dishes, and daily lunch specials. We went for one of these – curry battered snapper, and what was described as Three King Prawns with split garlic.
But first we kicked off with a shared starter –house preserved tuna with avocado purée, topped with black caviar, served with crisped flat bread – this was wonderful – sizeable serving too – the tuna was succulent, and perfectly complemented by the creamy avocado and the salty explosions of the fish roe. Great start…
Then the fish -the batter was light and fluffy, with a well-integrated spicy flavour and aroma, the fish inside moist and tender, served with crunchy pickled cucumber and raita– a great amalgam of flavours.
My prawns (actually four) were a good size, cooked in the shells, sweetly fleshed and juicy, cooked with garlic and served with Pernod infused butter. Lovely dish.
The wine list is well put together, with a range of varieties, regions and nations on offer – a few more by the glass would not go astray however – we settled on one of the French rosé, a light, dry style which matched our food choices and the weather as we sat out on the balcony to finish the bottle.
We came away impressed by Point Bar and Grill – outstanding views, innovative, well-prepared food, nicely curated wine list, and friendly welcoming waiters. Another reason to head to Point Fraser.