What a fantastic restaurant!
We arrived a bit earlier than planned (5:45 pm instead of 6 pm), because we booked about an hour before we wanted to arrive, and they just managed to squeeze us in - on condition that we would be able to leave by 7:30 pm so a previous booking for our table could be accommodated. We never linger after eating, so that suited us perfectly. If we had booked earlier we could have chosen to stay all evening, so don't let that put you off!
On arrival we were greeted by the Chef (yes, the Chef in the website photos), who seated us and made us feel really comfortable. He described the Specials for the day to us, in words that made us want to have absolutely everything that was on special. I chose the Chicken Chasseur, my husband decided that Porterhouse Steak would suit him, and my adult daughter chose the Atlantic Salmon. We shared the roast polenta and vegetables as side dishes, and there was enough for the three of us to share as sides to our main meals. We couldn't have eaten any more, as the food was so lovely and yet filling without being heavy.
Service was remarkably quick, and we could see elements of the food preparation over the pick-up (I think that's what its called - the area where waiting staff collect the prepared meals), with our very cheerful chef whistling happily as he cooked for us. Having food allergies and fussy eaters was not a problem - chef was happy to offer a substitute for sweet potato for my husband, and to confirm that there were no nuts or spices going into my meal - he was happy to modify to suit us, which made menu selections simpler and yet more challenging!
The waiting staff started work in the restaurant soon after we arrived (our waitress was working in the adjacent gaming room when we arrived early, and other staff started work before the next table of customers arrived).
The atmosphere in this restaurant is cosy and chic - a boutique restaurant which is small enough to host a party for a large group of friends, yet large enough to allow space for different parties to have space for conversation over their meals. The decor flows from the windows, walls, carpets, furnishings, lighting and heating over the pick-up area, and a visit is the best way to see the lovely wall treatments.
Other factors: I have a disability, which makes sitting for long periods a nightmare. There were two types of seating available to choose from, and I was able to be comfortable for the duration of our meal (which is unusual!). The disabled toilet facility was clean and spacious, along with being extremely easy to access. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you have mobility issues!
The Bottom Line: We had three main meals, a side serve of Broccolini and Asparagus, a serve of Grilled Polenta (an entree which my daughter asked to have served at the same time as the mains), two cokes and an orange juice. The total bill came to $88 (because we used our Entertainment Card so received a $26 main course free).
The food was melt in your mouth fabulous - and going there the day after watching Julie & Julia on DVD (which obviously builds great expectations when dining out) was probably the best idea we could have had!
Things that made our visit special: Chatting with the Chef on arrival, and having him drop over to our table to check how we were enjoying our food; seeing the pleasure on his face when we said how very much we were enjoying the textures, flavours and mixture of ingredients - he clearly enjoys his career and loves to cook for people!
I am almost reluctant to encourage you to visit, as I would like to go back again without having trouble booking :) but this is just too good a secret to keep to myself!
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