Yes, it’s my third review of Deckhouse. After their first time jitters and second round improvements, I was hoping to see some consistency from them.
While I have never seen it completely full, this morning they had opened up the next section of their large hall and most tables were in use.
Eating inside does feel as though you’ve woken up in your hotel room and come downstairs for breakfast, it just has that feeling. Cutlery is perfectly placed, duties are split amongst the staff; we had the host who greeted us in his crisp suit and delivered us to our table, the waiter who diligently poured our water and the young waitress who was refreshingly vibrant and relaxed. It is professional, I don’t deny that but the whole thing seems slightly contrived.
We gave the Vittoria coffee list a thorough once-over this morning with a big variety of cups. You’ll pay $4.20 to sip this brew while enjoying the view. It’s reasonably good although some of our cups were simply left at one end of the table without an attempt to find out who had ordered which.
The chocolate milkshake was thicker than it looks (which is a good thing). There was a slightly peculiar almost minty taste to it which I actually enjoyed. It wasn’t what I expected but it was a pleasant surprise.
The American style pancake stack ($16) comes with two pancakes and your choice of bacon, maple syrup and creamed butter or berry compote and vanilla bean ice cream. My guests enjoyed their dishes however they were slightly on the dense side. The bacon and berry components were conversely on the light side; I would have liked to see more on the plate for $16 but I guess we are in Hunters Hill.
It’s hard to make a dish look outstanding when it has such a low ingredient count. So I was hoping that the eggs on toast ($12.50) (or is that next to toast?) had been prepared perfectly… Now I don’t mind a hint of vinegar to my poached eggs but the flavour was too pronounced with these ones. At least the centre was still runny. The toast looked daunting at first but it was actually quite soft and tasted great.
The Deckhouse big breakfast ($18) contains most of the usual suspects in a big breakfast. The sausage was one of the better breakfast sausages my guest has tasted. Like one of my other guests, he didn’t enjoy his eggs with more of the overpowering vinegar. They were also overcooked and solid inside. Mushrooms, bacon and roasted tomato round off the plate which was overall quite free of oil.
Let’s work our way up from the bottom of the eggs Benedict ($17). Soft and fluffy ciabatta, double smoked ham and soft, butter spinach. This was all prepared very well. Unfortunately we come to the eggs which again were just overcooked and the vinegar actually overpowered the hollandaise.
We very rarely have reviews with lots of negative elements but unfortunately Deckhouse has not impressed this time. I have heard positive recommendations of their lunch food, what have your experiences been? Do you agree with my verdict?
Overall Rating: 15.5/25
Phone: 9817 4394
Address: End of Clark Road, Woolwich Dock
Payment Options: Credit Card, EFTPOS, cash