Eight Mile Creek?
- Kate Feb 15, 2000 04:03 PM
Has anyone tried this Australian restaurant downtown? I'd like to give it a try, but I'm wondering if there's anything outstanding, or truly "aussie," on the menu? Does anyone know of other Australian places in the New York area?
I've only eaten there once, and the menu is definitely Australian with kangaroo, emu, etc. Although I didn't try it myself, the oyster "meat pie" appetizer was a huge hit with my friends. I had prawns with a sesame omelet, which was delicious. We didn't have dessert, but there was an interesting dessert menu. There is an excellent wine list. I can't remember if has only Australian wines, but they definitely make up most of the list. The service was very informed and helpful. If you try it I would ask for a table upstairs. We ate downstairs and it did feel like we were eating in a basement.
I liked Eight Mile Creek-it is teeny but fairly comfortable, unpretentious and has good food. The kangaroo salad was very bland but the emu carpaccio, oyster pie and pavlova (a traditional Aussie dessert) were terrific. I think the wine list is all Australian but it has a great deal of choice within those confines. We ordered a white out of sheer curiosity because it was only $18 and it was not at all bad. I wish I could remember the name but it was a new one for me-the manager told me it was an Australian varietal of a grape that originated in Spain. They also serve a red sparkling wine-a Shiraz-that is a great after-dinner drink and hard to get in the USA-a friend who has fond memories of it from her time in Australia said she'd never seen it in A US restaurant before. And, always a plus, everyone who works there is incredibly nice and friendly.