Big S Steak and seafood - Semaphore

I arrive at my friends house and ask whether they have eaten lunch yet - to my delight, the answer was no...time to go and eat!  As they live near the Semaphore area and it was a warm day, what better place to go to enjoy the sun and (hopefully) good food?!

After looking for a place that a) appealed to our cravings, b) had not been blogged by The Chopping Board previously and c) had a nearby carpark, we found Big S steak and seafood.  As can be seen below, the view was fantastic located close to the end of Semaphore Road facing the beach. 

Wonderful sunny day at Semaphore

OK, now - the food.

Passionfruit, banana and honey smoothie - $6
We ordered two of the smoothies (note one is different given the soy milk vs the normal).  The combination was a lot more refreshing that I had anticipated.  I thought that the banana and honey (mixed with the milk) would make for a very rich drink, however the addition of the passionfruit added a tangy element which made the smoothie a great drink during a warm day.

Char grilled lamb cutlets - Main - $24.90
My friend was in the mood for meat, so the lamb cutlets definitely caught her eye.  The lamb cutlets were slightly overcooked however the polenta was light and fluffy, the mash creamy and the salad nice.  The chick peas were well cooked and soft.  Overall, a decent dish, but the star of the dish (the lamb) could have been cooked better. 

Soft shell crab, egg, asparagus, citrus hollandaise - $17
Whilst my friend was looking for meat, I felt like breakfast.  But rather than going for a the standard, I saw the soft-shell alternative and thought that it was something different so gave it a go.  I have seen salmon and egg previously, even crab (through crab cakes), but soft-shell crab was not a familiar breakfast/brunch meal.

And the result - not great.  There was not much positive that I can say about this meal.  The soft-shell crab batter was quite thick and heavy, not as light as I would have hoped.  The egg (poached) was overcooked and the asparagus was undercooked - very tough and crunchy.  The citrus hollandaise was not very citrusy.  To be honest, I didn't even know it was supposed to be a citrus hollandaise until writing this review and re-looking at the menu.

Overall a disappointing meal to what was a fantastic day.

Ambiance - 3.5/5: Great location, good views
Service - 3/5:  Took a long time for my meal to arrive (on what appeared to be a quite day).  Meal came out incorrect
Food: 6/10:  Only because my friend didn't mind her meal and the smoothies were good

Overall, Mirko gives the Big S Cafe a 12.5/20.  

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