Having heard of the Boathouse for many years but never having travelled out to it, I was very happy to receive an invite out to this Moonee Ponds to visit this Northern suburbs institution. My review is to look at their new range of all you can eat pizza menus - a perfect Wednesday night winter meal if you ask me!
Known for its prime location out next to the Maribyrnong River, it is also known for its community spirit as it is located right near a playground, the local sports field and the local rowing club. This is even more so evident within the restaurant with a very homey and cosy interior that makes you instantly feel welcomed.
Margherita (Napoli sauce, mozzarella, bocconcini, basil & olive oil) had a crispy flamed base that was not at all soggy like most thin based pizza - which was very much enjoyed as I hate a soggy pizza. The mozzarella had an extra punch to it than the usual mozzarella which was nice too but I couldn’t taste the bocconcini at all and wouldn’t have known it wasn there if I hadn’t read it on the menu. Moving further up the pizza though - the crust was almost too crispy and I missed the crispy outside and softness of the inside of the crust to contract. Overall the flavours really did work it was simple with quality ingredients.
Salami (Napoli sauce, hot salami, provolone, mozzarella, black olives & rocket) was again a flamed and crispy base but the crust on this one was a bit softer which I enjoyed. With a big bite of all the elements of rocket, salami and olives together the flavours were so delicious and complimentary. The salami could have had some spice to it to really kick up the flavour and enhanced the cheesiness which fades to the back of the other flavours.
Mushroom (Mozzarella, roasted mushroom puree, fresh mushrooms, feta, rocket & truffle oil) is normally a hit or miss for me as I find mushroom pizzas too creamy and rich most of the time but this was great with a strong umami flavour that enhanced the cheesiness. Only downside was it did make me a bit thirsty though but I was glad I had the rocket to freshen up afterwards and add a peppery perk up to it. The feta got a little lost in all the flavours but when found it I found myself wishing it was cold just to offer some temperature contrast to perfect the pizza as it was otherwise overwhelmingly delicious and probably one of my favourite mushroom pizzas I’ve had.
Roasted Pumpkin (Roasted pumpkin, mozzarella, rosemary, feta, pine nuts & baby spinach) was probably the downside of the night. It was quite soggy which required me to pick up the knife and fork. It was also very sweet which I was very unsure of to begin with but actually worked really well with the softer crust as it is sweeter and needs a less bitter crust. As you keep eating the taste of the pumpkin really grows on you too. It could’ve done with a sweeter cheese to really lean into how sweetly roasted it is to go down the pumpkin pie route.
Looking for an outing in the Northern suburbs and need somewhere to hangout? The Boathouse should be your go to! It oozes family and friends and is perfectly placed for groups and I can imagine the views for daytime gatherings. The all you can eat pizza menu is only available on Wednesday nights but don’t let this stop you heading there - I’ll definitely be heading back to explore the rest of the menu soon to see what else is on offer at this family friendly spot!
$23 AYCE menu
Presentation (5): 3
Taste (5): 4
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 4