Tasting the fine produce of the southernmost part of Australia, Pure South is a Tasmanian, Flinders Island and King Island inspired restaurant.
Situated on the banks of the Yarra in Southgate, it is in a prime entertainment location.
Pure South comprises of two dining areas, one indoor and one protected outdoor. Décor is off-white and dark wooden colours. Tables do have ample elbow room and you do not feel cramped at all. We did get very chilly towards the end of the dinner, felt like there was a bit of a draft in the room.
Staff were not knowledgeable about the produce. As one of the diners was Tasmanian, she asked whether the Tamar Valley wine on the wine list was from the north of south of Tasmania? As the Tamar River is in the north of Tasmania near Launceston, when the waitress came back with the answer of the south, the Tasmanian was quite confused.
The service was erratic throughout the night. One drink was ‘lost’, and only appeared when enquired about. Also, when the cheese platter for dessert was ordered, it took quite a long time to come to the table, long enough for them to have cultured the cheese themselves. But glasses were always full.
Wine list – very large indeed.
- Tasmanian Oysters; oysters were quite small, but many on the plater, spared between two
- Hand cut chips with aioli; you wouldn’t have wanted to share these, not many chips at all, yet went down a treat
- Quail; beautifully cooked. Presentation was exquisite. Combination with the figs was great. An overall delectable entrée
- Rabbit; perfectly cooked through. Again combining figs with a cooked meat was great. Creamy sauce. Definitely recommend this! BEST meal of the evening!
- Muscles; plentiful
- Ballottine of Nichols Chicken; small amount of chicken. Would not recommended to those who are hungry, as this was not a very big meal at all
- Scotch fillet Steak; good cut of beef, recommend ordering a side salad to go with this
- Pork; very fatty. Small bit of pork belly. The diner was very dissatisfied with the meal
- Cheese Platter; Variety of cheeses to choose from. Compliments to cheese were good. Overall decent platter
Most noticeable about Pure South was the effort in presentation of the food. Each meal was intriguing to the eye! Art on a plate, especially the quail entree, rabbit main and chicken main.
All in all, overall enjoyable experience but overpriced and would not rush back in a hurry.
Pure South has a website, so check out the menu and much more information. http://www.puresouth.com.au/
Shp2/3 Southgate Ave
Southbank, VIC 3006