Ob­ser­va­tory’s meaty dishes

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - AT­MOS­PHERE: FOOD:

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.

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