It’s my birthday! Oh, the joys of entering my twenties. Some would say I’m in the early days of my prime. I sure as hell don’t feel ready! I don’t even know how to drive! Regardless, Eddy and I decided to give the Summer House a stab. Located inside Fairfield RSL (wedged in between the renowned La Tratt and oriental themed Pho @ Fairfield), it offers a nice selection of Western food.
The decor perfectly captures every essence of “Summer”. I wouldn’t say the restaurant is absolutely fancy pants, it definitely has a casual sophistication vibe to it – but it is beautifully presented and very relaxed. It is tidy, spacious and the chairs were an absolute delight to nestle in. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and promptly seated. Our waitress sat down our menus and poured our water glasses, offering us drinks. Through out the night our water was consistently filled – though the waiters didn’t really engage with us so much as we would usually find in other restaurants.
Unlike next door at Pho @ Fairfield, they don’t offer the Complimentary Drinks of the RSL, so we were charged for our soft drinks. At $3.50 for a fairly large glass – it was hardly an issue. To start we ordered a Mushroom Tart to share.
I regret nothing of it. It might actually be the highlight of my night. The mushrooms were sauteed to perfection and the pastry crispy and flaky like it should be. Everything just works. I couldn’t fault it.
For our mains, I ordered a pepper crusted scotch and he had spicy meatball spaghetti. They did not disappoint. (Currently waiting for the photo that you can see him capturing). It was good to see my steak medium rare as requested. The mash was creamy and soft, the vegetables well cooked (albeit beans; a tad over done). Eddy has a habit of heading straight to the pepper mill on arrival of any dish when we eat out. When he did tonight, I quickly refused the gesture. Look at all the pepper! You can understand where the name derived. To be fair, most of my pepper ended up scraped off and into the glaze. Still delicious.
Eddy’s pasta was also great. Great to see a menu item described as “spicy” to actually be spicy in flavour – none of the half-hearted-take-it-easy spice. The pork and veal meatballs were well cooked (though we were expecting something of the “mozzarella centre”… The meatballs did have a cavity inside of them but we just couldn’t find the mozzarella – maybe as a result of our own negligence) and the spaghetti sauce well flavoured. Judging by how quickly he demolished his main, I’d say he was pretty satisfied.
To finish, we were tossing up between chocolate fondant and a macaron sandwich. When it came out and we had eaten it, I don’t know why we were even considering not getting it. We concluded that we make chocolate molten cake all the time and it was time to try something new – and boy, was I glad we did! The macarons (strawberry and salted caramel) were wedged alternatively with vanilla bean ice cream. The tower sat proudly upon some creme anglaise. Sweet, sweet heaven sent perfection. I would honestly just go back for the dessert alone. I feel like I’m at a loss for words because I keep wanting to describe everything as perfect! But that’s just it – it was a flawless experience.
Overall: A really good experience. I couldn’t fault it. Everything was well presented, atmosphere/ambience was great. Service was average, but made up by with how fast the food came out and of course, the quality of it. Would definitely return – for one thing or another. Would recommend and bring friends!
Notable: They offer mid-week specials, where Monday-Thursday a three course meal is only $39/person! I didn’t fully look into it though. Also membership is necessary for entry (unless you’re from outside of the area) like any other RSL club!
Location: Just beyond the pokies within Fairfield RSL.