The Watershed Function Centre & Café, Mawson Lakes

After a casual and peaceful dining affair away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD? Head down to the Waterfront Cafe down in Mawson Lakes where you can get a feed on the waterfront overlooking the lake. I visited the cafe on two occasions within weeks of each other. First visit saw J and I graze over a nice generous platter of goodies!

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Watershed grazing plate (serves 2); $28.90

The grazing platter was huge (I thought!), more than enough for two people. We grazed on double brie stuffed field mushrooms, tempura prawns, stuffed bell peppers, lightly crumbed scallops, prosciutto wrapped provolone, char-grilled chorizo, char-grilled and marinated lamb fillet, warmed olives and garlic filone. YUMMO! Shame we couldn’t finish it off! My coffee wasn’t the greatest so I suggest sticking to a glass of wine or juice. 😛

During my second visit, the stranger and I ordered dishes from their lunch mains menu:

the watershed cafe
Smoked pork cutlet; $24.50
Fillet steak; $29.90

My main of Barossa valley smoked pork with sweet potato mash, crunchy snow peas and house made red currant vino cotta topped with golden fried leek straws was delicious. The pork was so packed with smokey flavour, yet it wasn’t overwhelming in any way. It permeated through the thick piece of meat nicely and the meat was still incredibly moist. The sweet potato mash was a winner and the accompanied crunchy snow peas were juicy and snappy. The other components of red currant vino cotta and the crispy golden fried leek straws were divine as well! Well balanced in flavours, texture and colour. Unfortunately for the stranger, his main of roasted beef fillet resting on potato rosti with green beans, mini Yorkshire pudding and a red currant glaze came out overcooked and on the medium to well done side when it was requested to be medium-rare. We sent it back to be redone and second time around, the meat was still a bit overcooked (medium) but a lot better than when it first came out. After a grumbling stomach and a long wait time, we settled for it and the main was demolished in no time!

Service and food was a little slow on my second visit but food was generally good on both occasions (for me anyway!). Other items on the menu that I fancied was the lamb pie: slow cooked lamb and winter vegetable pie served with creamy mash potato, green pea puree and char-grilled felon; 21.5 – sounds delightful for the Winter weather that’s ahead and the confit duck: twice cooked duck legs served with char-grilled polenta and sautéed red cabbage finished with a caramelised pear glaze; $25.90. Oh, and the gold ol steak sandwich which sounds super tasty: steak sandwich: char-grilled MSA scotch fillet with our own tomato relish, aged cheddar, salad leaves, truss tomato, beetroot, red onion jam, smoky bacon and free range egg with chips on the side; $22.50

Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5


The Watershed Function Centre & Café
665 Salisbury Highway
Mawson Lakes SA 5095
P 08 8250 8070

Opening hours
7 days 8am-4pm

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1 comment for “The Watershed Function Centre & Café, Mawson Lakes

  1. Ann
    May 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Yum, looks good.

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