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“Won't be going back”
Review of The Rooster

The Rooster
Ranked #9 of 91 Restaurants in Katoomba
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$51
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Quality traditional french cuisine reasonably priced, wonderful location and ambiance with spectacular views of the jamison valley. Bar, extensive reasonably priced wine list, outside dining, beautifully restored edwardian building built 1895 guest house with four luxury guestrooms, specials of the week. Open every day for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner except Wednesday and Thursday Musicians play every night and Lunch on Sunday
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Won't be going back”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Where to start....our group had pre-ordered (at the request of management to avoid delays!!!!). An hour and a half after taking our seats there was no sign of any food and very little sign of any service at all. Bread had to be requested. Two hours...and still no sign of a main course.
The food when it finally arrived was, in a word, ordinary at best. The barramundi was grey and dry. My husbands lamb cutlets (rack of lamb?) were ordinary.
We requested a side dish of vegetables - and when they finally arrived (some time after the main had been served) what a sorry sight they were - a miiniscule presentation of overcooked slivers which looked like and tasted like they'd been reheated in the microwave . We also requested a side dish of 'pommes au coin de la rue' which turned out to be chips that looked like they'd been cooked about 3 weeks ago and left 'au coin de la rue'!
We had to ask for salt and pepper.
At this stage I felt like walking out and forgetting about the desert (I actually felt like walking out before the food was served as I was so hungry by this stage).
However my husband persuaded me to stay as he wanted his profiteroles. I ordered a lemon meringue tart. (Can't go too wrong with this one would have thought). It arrived - no offering of cream or ice-cream and the pastry was rock hard and almost inedible.
Zero out of 10 for presentation.
Zero out of 10 for food.
Zero out of 10 for service.

The only good thing about this place is the view (and there's plenty of time to admire it).
The staff were made aware of our dissatisfaction. We refused to pay for the 'vegetables' but no further effort was made to compensate us for an appalling experience.
Over $100 for 2 people for 2 courses not including wine (thank goodness for the decent bottle of McLaren Vale we brought with us).
We're happy to pay this price and more for a good meal and there are lots and lots of good places to eat in the Mountains. This resident would recommend Pins on Lurline, Nineteen23 in Wentworth Falls, and Zest or Silks in Leura - or in fact just about anywhere except this place.

  • Visited July 2014
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4 Thank MimiNSW
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not a patch on our old favourite”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have been visiting the Rooster annually for the past 15 years and has been my favourite restaurant in the Blue Mountains.
On our visit this past Saturday night we discovered a change of management and chef, well all I can say is bland, bland, bland.
The entree of cheese soufflé was ok but not a patch on the previous twice baked soufflé with tarragon sauce.
My main of duck was the biggest disappointment, the duck had absolutely no flavour it could have been any meat and the 'savoury coullis' was undefinable.
My husbands steak with bernaise sauce was a better pick.
We braved the desserts but shouldn't have bothered. My creme brûlée was cold and had the hardest sugar crust on top and the profiteroles had way too much cream filling.
Overall it was a very lacking french meal , not in a hurry to go back anytime soon !
We would love to know where the old chef has gone so if anyone has any tips please let us know.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Yvette P
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Underwhelming experience”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had been here previously and had wonderful memories. Last night was disappointing. The wrong entrees were initially brought to the table. So after waiting the entrees of the meat and cheese platter and the escargot were quite tasty. Mains were a very underwhelming and expensive experience. The eye fillet was served with a smear of mash potato and a shot glass of hollandaise. The duck was very average. A small serving of breast that had been very thinly sliced for presentation but not enjoyable being so thin. The side of butternut pumpkin lacked flavour. I ordered pomme Frits which turned out to be soggy wedges that were not cooked through. Two cocktails were ordered but turned out yo be mock tails. We were given replacement but there was so much lime it was too tart to drink. We were not charged for these though. We had planned to stay for dessert but in the end just wanted to leave. Won't be back

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Lee S
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Level 6 Contributor
79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Disappointing dinner”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

My first impression of the place was the decor which has an old world feel about it. So did the music while we were there: French chansons, of course, which to our untrained ears sounded like Édith Piaf. We happened to like them because they added kind of a romantic feel to our anniversary experience. The ceiling lights though didn’t match the sound ambience; they were a bit too bright, which was a pity; more subtle and romantic lighting like table of floor lamps would could add a lot to the French flavour and atmosphere at night.

After sitting down we were given the menus written mainly in French, which was just ok for us based on the combined residues of our school knowledge of that language. Without that background though it could have been a lot more tricky, in particular in the face of the lovely waiter’s struggle with English.

We arrived on a Sunday night (22.06.14), just before 7pm, and the place was very quiet - only one table was occupied by another couple that was about to leave. For the next hour we were the only customers and I think the restaurant closed for the day after we left. Sunday nights in Katoomba are generally very quiet, especially one day after the Winter Magic Festival, and maybe this is reflected in the food quality offered by The Rooster (freshness, leftovers? see an example below) although it shouldn’t given you’re not paying less that Sunday night.

We were first served a complementary mini entrée of a small slice of toasted baguette with chicken, mushroom and what seemed caramelised onions; it was quite delicious although the fresh cherry tomato on top spoilt the taste experience somewhat - the whole thing would have tasted much better without it. 4/5 for that morsel.

I had ordered duck with butternut pumpkin which came with a splash of a rather bright coloured sauce with an undefinable flavour that did not excite. The pumpkin was a bit overcooked and lacked flavour, but the worst part of the meal was the slightly rare duck; its texture can only be described as tough and its flavour as bland (the sauce certainly did not compensate). With 32 dollars it was one of the most expensive dishes on the menu and it was a total disappointment. As a side dish I had ordered a form of potatoes as an experiment since our French could not decode the menu’s meaning ("coin de rue"), and the waiter’s lacking grasp of English led not to any further illumination. When they arrived they turned out to be a form of deep fried wedges; unfortunately they too lacked something: the crispiness of freshly fried ones. It was them that made me wonder about the food quality on a Sunday night. 2.5/5 for the potato wedges, 1/5 for the duck main course.

My partner had coq au vin. The chicken was very tender, maybe even a touch too tender but that’s so much better than the leathery toughness of the duck meat. Her meal came with rice which she thought tasted nice. The ‘au vin’ part of the dish was middle of the road. The taste of the sauce had an intensity that made it almost impossible to detect the subtle flavours of vegetables, herbs, wine and chicken most likely used used to create it. The ordered side dish was a kind of carrot mousse; it tasted quite nice, apparently quite different though from an even better tasting one a week earlier. 3/5 for the coq au vin, 3.5/5 for the carrot mousse.

Originally we also wanted to get dessert, but after the main course experience we refrained from ordering ;)

Service was good. The waiter was very friendly; pity that we had the language barrier. When leaving we chanced upon meeting one of the new co-owners who asked us how our evening was. First not knowing who he was we did mention that we had a good time but the food wasn’t up to scratch, especially the duck. It was then that he introduced himself and immediately said he would pass that on to the chef (we assumed). A good response. And after finding the tip jar for the two people on the floor, we left with smiles by the two staff and the part-owner, with the latter expressing the hope we’d give The Rooster another go. Based on that farewell and the fact that we were compensated for our negative food experience with a cocktail on the house for my partner, we might give it one more try.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank isiria
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A night to remember”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Had dinner at the recently renovated restaurant. The restaurant / hotel ( a few rooms looking over the Blue mountains) is under new management. This was certainly a night to remember having chosen the degustation menu. Not for the faint hearted but what a memorable experience. The food has a French flavour but each of the 10 courses was delicious and after a leisurely three and a half hours certainly value for money. A very friendly and attentive staff who certainly complimented this most enjoyable evening. One not to miss when in the Blue Mountains.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Tony P
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