Tempest Seafood Restaurant
Tempest Seafood Restaurant is Scarborough’s hidden treasure – a rustic waterfront restaurant dishing up some of the best seafood dishes in SEQ.
Housed in a weather-beaten boathouse overlooking the marina, Tempest boasts a chef who hails from hatted restaurants down south and who applies his wizardry to the fresh quality seafood that he personally chooses daily from the trawlers moored out front.
While the ambience is charmingly seaside casual (no need to dress up in finery), the food here is absolutely top notch and worth a trip up from Brisbane just for the dining experience.
A wraparound deck offers plenty of waterfront seating at the white linen clothed tables or there’s a spacious air-conditioned dining room inside with a feature oyster wall and aquarium tanks housing live lobsters and crabs, and, to the rear, a Teppanyaki room which is a hive of lively action most evenings. But it’s hard to beat sitting on the deck gazing at the water, boats and distant view of the Glasshouse Mountains and tucking into Whole King Prawns that just a couple of hours ago were swimming in the ocean or indulging in a seafood platter that is second to none.
Seafood classics are featured on the entree menu – like natural oysters with lemon wedges or Kilpatrick (bacon, tabasco and Worcestershire) – while the prawn cocktail is given a fresh and innovative twist coming deconstructed with just the right amount of delectable sauce. Other entrees include tender calamari coated in lemon pepper and served with garlic lemon yoghurt and the must try Moreton Island garlic prawns topped with gremolata and served with watercress, aioli and crusty bread.
With regard to the Mains, recommendations include Barramundi and Whole Baby Snapper, Live Lobster or Mud Crab (in season), Kinkawooka Mussels cooked with Italian sausage, sweet corn, herbs and Glasshouse Mountain tomatoes, grilled Yellow Fin Tuna served with watermelon, feta, mint and burnt orange reduction, and slow roasted Bangalow pork belly with scallops, cauliflower puree, roasted Heirloom carrots and caramelised apple vinegar.
Seafood also permeates the pasta dishes here, with delectable choices such as Tasmanian Smoked Salmon Penne, Spaghetti with Cloudy Bay Clams and Linguini with Moreton Bay Bugs and Moreton Island Prawns. Alternatives include Gnocchi alla Nonna (housemade gnocchi with Italian sausage) or Penne Funghi (wild mushrooms).
Above all, the piece de resistance at Tempest is the Seafood Platter (3 types – The Scarborough, The Bay and The Tempest), a virtual work of art that tastes as good as it looks, served on a box in a bed of salt that resembles sand on a beach.
Various combinations of cold and hot seafood and accompaniments feature in the 2 platters but for the ultimate, order The Tempest, which features natural and Kilpatrick oysters, whole king prawns, Moreton Bay bug, fresh local sand crab, whole lobster Mornay, tomato and olive mussels, grilled scallops, calamari, herb crumbed prawns, tempura Huon salmon, sushi, house made sauces, fries, fresh fruit and salad.
Desserts are every bit as delicious as the rest of the menu, with choices such as Chocolate Brownie with chocolate ice-cream, whipped cream and black berry compote, Eton Mess meringue with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, strawberry ice-cream and strawberry compote or the highly recommended Ferrero hazelnut mousse with baileys and almond ice-cream, Tim Tam crumble and salted caramel.
To accompany there’s an impressive wine list and, for a great starter, kick back on the deck with a house cocktail, such as a Mojito, Frozen Daiquiri or an Irukandji (vodka, Malibu, parasaio, ginger and pineapple juice).
Nice to know – Children are very welcome at Tempest and have their own dedicated menu which ranges from Fish & Chips or Squid & Chips to Ham and Pineapple Pizza and Chicken Parmigiana.
Need to know – There’s free off street parking outside the restaurant and good ramp access for wheelchairs and prams. Teppanyaki is open for lunch Wed-Sun and dinner 7 nights.
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