My partner and I wanted to get away for a couple of days to celebrate our anniversary. As we only had one special night together we wanted to have an amazing meal and good wine. We had read good reviews about this restaurant in food guides, they have their own smokehouse, they make their own wines and it is also a cooking school, so they obviously know their food! We thought it sounded perfect. When we rang to make a booking we were told there was $50 deposit and because the restaurant sounded great we were happy to pay. After a $80 return taxi trip- which were happy to pay as we thought it was going to be worth it, we arrived. Seriously underwhelmed! The website said restaurant and art gallery. In actual fact it was quite a small room with random paintings jammed into any spare space on the walls, not what I'd call an 'art gallery' and the restaurant was furnished with alfresco metal tables. There was a huge family sitting down the middle of the small room with lots of noisy children and the wooden floors just made them louder. The kids were running around and crying and the parents didn't seem to be worried. Not an ideal romantic setting for an anniversary! Knowing this was supposed the venue of our one special dinner together I was visibly annoyed. Then we received our menu, there were few options for mains and considering the quality of the restaurant, I wasn't happy paying almost $40 for a steak! At this point we wanted to leave. Unfortunately we had paid a $50 deposit which we obviously would not be refunded if we left! I ordered the sour dough king prawns with bloody mary aoli as the main option, my partner ordered the salmon. I must say his meal was delicious! Mine, not so much. The prawns were big, but deep fried and very oily and came with no side salad, no garnish, not anything but the sauce and lemon. Not what I'd call a 'main'. Instead of staying and relaxing with a bottle of wine like we'd planned, we skipped dessert and left as soon as we finished our meal. The bathrooms were out of order also. They do make there own wines and the ros�� was lovely, there was also a great view of the vineyard and the water features outside were very peaceful in comparison to the restaurant, which are the only positive things I can say. We will not be returning!
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