Fins Restaurant in Kingscliff has been awarded a Good Food Guide chefs hat every year for the past decade, so you know you’re going to be in for some seriously good noms when you swim through these doors.
Is there a catch to the food here? Let’s find out.
We decided to try out Fins for dinner one night, and were ushered into a beautifully crafted seaside colonial-style dining area.
To amuse our bouches, we were given some small but beautifully crafted tastes of smoked mahi mahi which were deliciously delectable.
We then moved straight on to the mains, starting with a fish of the day which was snapper. This was served up with Riesling, lemon and parsley, green beans, cauliflower purée and local Kipfler potatoes.
The meaty fish was cooked perfectly, and soaked up the satisfying tastes of the light wine, lemon and parsley sauce really well. The potatoes were lovely and crisp on the outside while being nice and fluffy on the inside. Everything tasted amazing dipped in a bit of cauliflower puree, which was wonderfully sweet and silky.
The impressive wine list at Fins meant we could opt for a top wine that was a bit out of the ordinary. We ordered the Pyramid Valley Howell Family Cabernet Franc 2010, which tasted of mulberry leaf and meant we had to also try something on the menu that would complement its earthiness.
Enter the cumin spiced lamb with root vegetables, with rosemary polenta chips, roasted small vegetables, preserved lemon, lamb jus.
Again, the lamb was cooked beautifully with a lovely seared exterior encasing a soft pink meat inside. The polenta chips were cheesy and ridiculously tasty. These should be a staple side with every dish ever made.
This creamy panna cotta was a lovely way to finish off a meal, and the zingy notes of the grapefruit, lemon myrtle and finger lime lifted what can sometimes be an overly creamy dessert.
We also finished off with an espresso and a ridiculously delicious chocolate chai tea, both of which went down a treat.