Hearty meals in his­toric set­ting

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

First Im­pres­sion:

Built in 1904, the out­side of the ho­tel looks well cared for, con­sid­er­ing its age, and is im­pres­sive. Be­cause it is a mix of both a pub and a res­tau­rant, it’s good to see there is a sep­a­rate lounge and din­ing area away from the large bar which opens for Fri­day and Satur­day night din­ing.

The Food:

For a starter we shared gar­lic bread ($4.50). It was large and cooked just how I like it, crunchy on the out­side and warm and fluffy on the inside. A range of starters and light meals were of­fered, in­clud­ing the Dam Burger, a beef burger with beet­root and an egg ($12) and a crispy chicken salad. For mains I chose a black­board spe­cial of pork chops served on a cheese and mus­tard mash with roast veg­eta­bles and black­cur­rant gravy ($22). I was hes­i­tant about the black­cur­rant gravy but it mixed well with the pork and mash and tasted fan­tas­tic. I was slightly dis­ap­pointed with the roast veg­eta­bles be­cause half of them were dry. My friends or­dered a rib eye steak with chips and gar­lic but­ter ($29) and a large smoked salmon pizza (usu­ally $22 but $17 on Sun­days). The meals were rea­son­ably priced and large enough to fill any hun­gry ap­petite. The thick crust pizza – which comes in an ex­ten­sive range of va­ri­eties – had a gen­er­ous serv­ing of salmon and was full of flavour. The steak was a nice cut and served with a tasty crunchy noo­dle salad. For desert we shared a gin­ger ice-cream sand­wich, served with a thick caramel sauce, cream and crushed brandy snaps ($9). This desert is ideal for the ul­ti­mate sweet tooth and was our favourite part of the meal. I will def­i­nitely re­turn to in­dulge in the amaz­ing mix of flavours again.

The At­mos­phere:

We dined in the main bar and de­spite there be­ing a few peo­ple en­joy­ing a beer or two, it did not in­ter­fere with our din­ner. For a more pri­vate af­fair I would rec­om­mend din­ing on a Fri­day or Satur­day to make the most of the din­ing area. It’s a great place to en­joy a hearty meal and drinks with friends after­wards.

The Ser­vice:

Our young and bub­bly wait­ress was very help­ful and ef­fi­cient and could an­swer all the ques­tions we had about the menu. She checked on our meals and our food was served promptly.

The Ver­dict:

The Dun­stan Ho­tel of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of food, with a large bar snack menu on of­fer, and a price range to fit ev­ery bud­get. The piz­zas are a huge hit and are a pop­u­lar take­away item for those easy quick dinners. Un­de­ni­ably the best gourmet pizza on of­fer in the area.

His­toric: Dun­stan

Ho­tel, Clyde.

Tasty: Pork chops with a cheese and mus­tard mash, roast veg­eta­bles and black­cur­rant gravy.

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