Harbourfront Bistro is set in the Maritime Museum on the harbour right by the breakwater. In daylight, if you are there at the right time you have a great view of the ferries coming along the harbour and into dock.
We went on a Thursday evening and there was only us and another couple in, it was so quiet the chef was the only member of staff on duty, this isn't the case come Friday and Saturday though, on those days you are hard pushed to get a seat unless you have reserved.
I can't say I have ever been served by the chef before in any restaurant but it really is great when you do, they can tell you straight off what is and
The chef handed us the menu and the corner pointed out "Coeliacs: All dishes marked GF are ALWAYS prepared gluten free. All dishes marked GF? can be REQUESTED gluten free". Idly looking down the menu nearly everything was marked with GF of GF? including burgers.
When the chef came back to take our order I casually mentioned I was Coeliac as he had disappeared before I could mention it before. He responded by telling us that he always uses gluten free flours in the kitchen apart from on a Sunday when he does Yorkshire Puddings, other than that everything he uses is gluten free, only things that aren't are bought in products like bread. Everything is made from scratch so he can easily eliminate gluten in dishes that aren't already gluten free. Only things that are fried are chips and onion rings and he makes the onion rings with gluten free flour so no contamination issues from the fryer either.
The food arrived fresh and hot, a delicious juicy steak cooked exactly how I had asked for it (rare, some places just can't get rare right!), topped with amazing garlic prawns, a pile of chips, a side of creamy peppercorn sauces (there were others available but that's what I asked for) and a huge side salad. The prices may not have been the cheapest but it was certainly worth every penny.
It was a hard decision after everything I had been told about the panacotta but in the end I opted for white chocolate creme brulee. I am so glad I did opt for it too, it was divine, perfect balance between an egg custard consistency and a mild velvety white chocolate flavour, it was a little piece of heaven in a dish topped with half a strawberry. I could have easily eaten it at least once or twice more!
Neither of us can wait to go back, it might be slightly pricey but it is well worth it, for the knowledge of the chef and the quality of the food, it is an absolutely wonderful place to eat at. Whether we have the same food again or actually try something else is anyone's guess, the dishes we did try were so good I'm not sure we will want to try anything different. Really can't wait to visit again!