More than just hotel pub grub
Entering the Omakau Commercial Hotel is taking a step back in time. The New Zealand Country Hotel of the Year has been lovingly restored by owners Stacey Stevenson and Michael Thomas and its restaurant provides a serene and reflective space. If you prefer a beer and a yarn, head next door to the bar and you’ll be welcomed. My wife Bridget and I elected to do both and could have spent the entire evening chatting away.
Having two small children, we don’t get out much and eating out can be a strain on the wallet. It’s one reason we chose the
Commercial. Their $20 entree and main or main and dessert is value for money. I know what you’re thinking, you get what you pay for. Not so. We both chose the smoky roast tomato and capsicum soup entree, which was magic. I ate the blue cod and chips for main, which was excellent. Bridget went for a steak, which she told me was ‘‘yum’’ and the chips were taken off and replaced with extra salad on request.
Staff were attentive and polite, if slightly eager to take our order. I assume this was due to a multitude of bookings following us. We didn’t wait long to be fed and were attended to regularly.
If you’re looking for something exquisite, ask for the regular dinner menu.
If you’re like us and like a homely Kiwi feed that’s a step up from your run-of-the-mill pub food, then take the $20 deal. It’s well worth it.
The steak and blue cod at the Omakau Commercial Hotel.