The Boathouse by the Lake may well be Canberra’s best spot for function dining. This is where they really excel. Food and wine is elegant, delicious and well priced. Staff and service is delightful. The setting is perfect. But most of all, they offer a real sense of generosity.
A well set out Private Dining Function Brochure explains the options well.
Choose from three rooms, East End looking more towards Kingston Foreshore…
…Walters, looking more towards Kings Avenue Bridge and Russell…
…or West End, looking straight across the lake and more towards Kings Avenue Bridge.
All have access to lovely decks, although East End and West End are larger.
The minimum spend, particularly at lunch time, is very reasonable – $1,100 for lunch January and April to October, $2,500 in peak times of Nov-Dec and Feb-Mar.
Menu Options start at $77 per person for 3 courses. The beverages packages are particularly good starting at $31 per person for three hours for lovely Canberra wines, draught beer, juice and soft drinks.
Also good value is the Corporate Two Course Luncheon with 2 hours of beverages for $90 per person.
We were there for a Christmas Party dinner for 23 people and after much consideration we chose:
6 savouries $21 per person (3 is $12) to allow for plenty of time to mix and mingle on the deck…
… before being seated at the round tables.
3 courses with alternate entrée and a choice of three options for main and dessert – $87 per person
3 hour silver drinks package – $31 per person
Dan and Lauren took great care of us with drinks and savouries and this set the scene for a wonderful evening.
Pea and Haloumi Fritters
Persian Fetta Mousse and Tomato Puffs
Avocado and Cherviche Tarts
Roast Pumpkin, Leek and Cheddar Quiche
Popcorn Prawns with Sriracha Mayo
Marlin Rice Cracker (the highlight)
For entrée we chose two alternates:
Spiced pork belly with avocado, white balsamic, togarashi
Seared prawns, butter milk, chlorophyll juice, charred baby gem
Mains were a choice of three:
Chicken breast, pea puree, baby potatoes, roast, chicken jus
Black angus striploin, burnt onion, asparagus, potato mash
Slow cooked pork, cauliflower puree, currant & fried cauliflower salad, coriander
The brioche bread buns and cured butter was excellent too!
For dessert guests could choose from:
Banana parfait, dark chocolate, peanut brittle, Chantilly cream
Malt ice cream, caramel ganache, honeycomb, dehydrated milk
Mango mousse, coconut sorbet, caramelised white chocolate, passionfruit
Everyone was very impressed with their choices and the evening was a great success.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Boathouse by the Lake for all the ingredients of a successful event.