Observatory’s meaty dishes
We arrived at the Observatory Restaurant in the Millenium Hotel for dinner just after 7pm on Friday. It was really quiet at the restaurant. A few blokes were in the bar watching rugby. There is minimal character but we felt relaxed. On a chilly night it was good to have a candle burning at our table and a fire place going.
My friend ordered one of the chef’s specials, Canterbury duck breast ($36) with spiced red cabbage, fennel, greek yoghurt sauce and blueberry jus.
We agreed it was overcooked and because of that strong burn taste, she felt she couldn’t enjoy the other flavours of the dish.
The rest of us ordered chicken supreme ($32) and medium rear angus rump ($34) from the Grill section of the menu. I liked the concept of it: chose your meat from six on offer, a sauce and two sides.
I had rustic fries and
caramelised roast kumara, while my friend went for steamed vegetables and truffle mash - all delish and classic. We had a blue cheese sauce, which had a strong flavour, but I would prefer a good old tomato sauce or aioli on the side for chips.
We felt choices for vegetarians were limited - prawn pasta ($25), basil pasta ($20) and two salads ($18).
When in the bathroom I saw a poster with daily specials for the restaurant.
There were some good deals there - shame no one mentioned them to us.