My friend missed the al fresco phenomenon during the 90s and really wanted to sit outside and watch the fire up the towers at Crown casino - so we did it at Number 8.
Even though it is the middle of winter, it was warm enough.
The menu looks impressive and the food is expensive. $24 for entrees, $46 plus for mains and $20 for desserts.
But the food not so impressive.
We started with a shared platter of entrees which were ok but not great. The calamari had lemon which tasted a bit artificial.
The whiting was fresh and well cooked but had no salt and was resting on some a black smudge of weirdness.
The barramundi was in a bed of heavily buttered sauce.
The desserts were not refined, the chocolate fondant was grainy and the pear with caramel sauce was too sweet.
The verdict - nothing special and over-priced.
The bigger verdict - full of cashed-up bogans.
Would not come back, but am planning to revive the al fresco way of life.