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.

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