Hearty meals in historic setting
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tasty: Pork chops with a cheese and mustard mash, roast vegetables and blackcurrant gravy.