The Green Herring

The Green Herring is a little out of the way and for that reason is probably not somewhere you would think of going unless it was a special occasion. A friend wanted to check it out for just that reason, so we decided to head there for lunch. I have been here before and was quite impressed – it was during the middle of winter and there was a fabulous roaring fire in the room we were in. But it was years ago and it was a banquet, so I was keen to check it out again. And let’s just say, I was certainly not disappointed! The food was amazing! We both started with pumpkin and sweet potato soup (yes in the middle of summer!) and it was great. For the mains my friend had fish, while I ordered the salad with mixed lettuce, avocado, vermicelli, capsicum etc with a vinagerette (I can’t remember exactly what was in it) with rice noodles and fresh asparagus. After taking our order, the owner/waitress returned and told me that they didn’t have any fresh asparagus but they had a variety of other fresh vegetables they could use, and asked me if I wanted to pick or let them ‘go crazy’. I decided to let them ‘go crazy’ and it was the best option! The salad came served in a crispy edible bowl type thing and it wasn’t until I was half way through it that I discovered the bok choy that they had added at the bottom! I think it was one of the best salads I have ever eaten, despite the fact that it was without the fresh asparagus that attracted me to it in the first place… For dessert we shared their famous ice cream filled profiteroles. I say famous because that is the main thing that I remember from the last time I was there and because whenever you say the Green Herring to someone, they mention those profiteroles! And they are so very yummy! Well worth saving space for them when you are considering what you will order for entrée and main! And even though we were sharing a single dessert – they were kind enough to put them on separate plates for us – which really impressed me. Overall, we were incredibly impressed and have vowed to go back! It is certainly not the cheapest place to eat, but the food is well worth it. My only complaint is that the menu is completely carnivore and you have to ask for a separate vegetarian menu, but once you get it the options are plentiful and the food is inspired.