Saturday 10 December 2016

Five year anniversary celebration

This past Friday, Dave and I celebrated our five year anniversary (I have no idea where that time went!). We decided to celebrate by going to dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in Launceston, Cataract on Paterson (which I reviewed a few months ago here).

After enjoying a glass of Heidsieck & Co Monopole champagne at home (fun fact: this was the champagne that we had when Dave proposed to me) we headed to Cataract on Paterson for a delicious meal.

We decided to start off with some fresh bread and the pork belly entree to share. The bread was extremely soft and fresh, accompanied by some garlic and herb butter, and the pork belly was wonderfully crisp on top and tender on the bottom (apologies for the lack of photo - too hungry to snap!).

For the mains, Dave and I couldn't go past the hot stone with a bbq bourbon-glazed beef medallion. Essentially, a 400 degrees celcius hot stone is brought out with a fillet of uncooked beef, and you can cut pieces off the beef and cook them to your liking. The beef is Tasmanian beef and is incredibly tender. Mine was served with a size of crispy chips, a feta and pine nut salad and some mustard (while Dave went for the steamed vegetables and chat potatoes option).

At this stage, we were both very full, but Cataract on Paterson is known for their desserts and we couldn't leave without ordering something. So, we decided we would share the choc mint pizza (which is designed for two), as well as a Caramello Koala cocktail (with baileys and kahlua).

Little did we realise that the choc mint pizza was, essentially, a giant chocolate tart, the size of a pizza, topped with chocolate fudge, mint meringues, a mint macaron, squares of dark chocolate, vanilla cream, and a side of chocolate icecream and mint-chip icecream (and there's a high possibility that I'm forgetting something). Sadly, we were defeated, and could only make our way through about a quarter of it (as depicted below). Very uncharacteristic of us.

Nonetheless, it was still a very lovely evening out at one of Launceston's best restaurants, and I can't wait to see what the next five years (and beyond) hold!