Our first night in Busselton and we were on the hunt for a “proper” meal…Lucky for us there was more than just a restaurant for us to head to, for when we got into town, we were delighted to discover that the Busselton Show was on with the main streets closed for the highlight, Petticoat Lane Markets.
It was packed with people and stalls selling bric-a-brac to fundraising for various community groups, to the many food producers of the region. There was biscuits and honey and jam and wine! It was glorious. Thanks to the wonderful Da Boyfriend I also scored the most divine french oak serving board made from an old wine barrel…I won’t be taking the knife to it that’s for sure!
As we walked down towards the Jetty in search of food, we also spied some rides! Woohoo! Dodgem cars!
We didn’t end up going on the rides 😦 but it was fun to see that these old school rides are still doing the rounds…
On to dinner!
The Equinox is one of two restaurants located by the Jetty in Busselton, the other being The Goose Cafe and Restaurant. We had had a rather unimpressive coffee there earlier in the day and though it looked posher, we decided on The Equinox…
The Equinox has recenly started serving tapas but we were not provided with a tapas menu! No matter, the view certainly made up for it:
Rather than going for a main, the tasting plate sounded like an interesting adventure, so when the waitress confirmed that it would be enough to satisfy my tummy I went for it. Da Boyfriend went for the singapore noodles with “exotic” mushrooms and veggies and a rocket, pear and parmesan salad…The menu is broad and designed to cover a wide range of tastes and price points as befits a tourist town:
My tasting plate consisted of some white Spanish anchovies, Persian fetta, marinated olives, bunya and macadamia nut pesto, venison chorizo, salt and pepper squid and bush tomato chutney with Augusta bakery ciabatta…I loved this plate (except for the very oily, and overly salty squid)..it was so good that there was nothing left..the fetta was delicious, but special mention has to be given to the venison chorizo. I had this chorizo twice while in Busselton. It comes from a local producer, Margaret River Venison, who heartbreakingly does not ship to the East Coast! It was really tasty, not gamey at all. In fact you wouldn’t even know that it was venison…definitely a highlight of the platter…
Da Boyfriend wasn’t too enamoured of his noodles, not being a huge fan of “exotic” mushrooms, but he did enjoy the rocket, pear and parmesan salad..he also enjoyed the kiddy-colouring in menu and accompanying crayons! Hours of entertainment!
Dessert was disappointing..I was enticed by the rave the waitress gave the chocolate and honey cheesecake, but what I got was not particularly chocolate-y nor strongly flavoured of honey..and therefore was not finished. Da Boyfriend’s chocolate mud cake however was intense and rich…
If you’re passing through Busselton you could do a lot worse than to eat at The Equinox.
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