After a full day of wine touring, The Brooding Architect and I spent a morning recovering (letting the alcohol seep from our pores) at the Peninsula Hot Springs. A morning of soaking in 42 degree pools, followed by saunas and plunge pools really works up the appetite.
On the way back to Melbourne, we stopped by Picknicks Café at Rye for some much needed sustenance.
I had read good things about Picknicks in my bible, the 2010 edition of Cheap Eats. The reviews don’t lie - the servings are whopping. Burgers are exceptional value at $10.50. Add a beer battered serve of chunky chips for only $3.00.
I ordered the Fisherking burger. Tempura Barramundi with tomato, avocado, red onion, cos lettuce, capers and a homemade tartare sauce.
The tempura was crunchy, perfectly coating the soft, sweet fish flesh. The vegetables were all fresh and crisp. The tartare sauce was homemade, filled with the big bold flavours of lemon zest, sweet gerkins and capers. In my mind there is not much better than eating fresh seafood so close to the ocean.
The Brooding Architect had the Devil May Care burger. Gourmet beef patty with jalapenos, tomato, avocado, red onion, cos lettuce and habanero tabasco. The Devil May Care looked so amazing I immediately ‘suggested’ that we went halves in each burger.
The beef pattie was thick, juicy and smoky. The jalapenos and tabasco were not the watered down Old El Paso version. It was the real deal hot Caribbean variety. This was HOT but good.This is not a meal to order if you care about keeping clean. The meat juice was literally dripping down my face and hands as I ate this and I could not have been happier.
Once the weather heats up, avoid the crowds and get your Pic[k]nic takeaway lunch to eat on the beach across the road with a 6 pack of your favorite beers.