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Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - SER­VICE: VER­DICT:

Name: The Ob­ser­va­tory Restau­rant Ad­dress: 32 Frank­ton Rd, Mil­le­nium Ho­tel Phone: 03 450 0150 Hours: 6pm - 10pm Rat­ings: At­mos­phere 1/2, Food 2/4, Ser­vice 3/4 To­tal: 6/10 Re­viewer: Dasha Kuprienko

When we en­tered the restau­rant, we stopped by a ‘‘please wait to be seated’’ sign. It took a cou­ple of min­utes for any­one to no­tice us. We had no book­ing and were not stay­ing at the ho­tel, which seemed to con­fuse the bar­man. Even­tu­ally we were asked to write down a name and that pro­vided our en­try.

The bar­man brought us wa­ter and menus, mum­bled the chef’s specials and left in a hurry. No time to take ques­tions. How­ever, the wait­resses were smi­ley and pro­vided some great ban­ter.

When we ar­rived, four ta­bles were taken, but within half an hour when all guests but us had left the restau­rant, staff started set­ting up the area for to­mor­row’s buf­fet break­fast. We didn’t mind - on a quiet night might as well pre­pare ahead.

The food was af­ford­able for a fine din­ing restau­rant. There were a lot of op­tions for meat­lovers, but watch out for any burned edges. Per­fect for a quiet din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

DASHA KUPRIENKO / FAIRFAX NZ

An­gus rump with roasted kumara, rus­tic fries and blue cheese sauce.

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