With owner Tony Roberston now living in Nelson, new management have refreshed and generally decluttered the menu. Many of the favourites remain, and I can assure you from earlier visits the pizza is still excellent, but on this night we wanted to try a few new things.
The sizzling platter of mixed stir fry vegetables, Asian sauce and rice ($22) arrived with seafood for an extra $7. It was definitely not sizzling but was
assuredly hot. The seafood was lovely though there were mixed reports on the sauce (I loved it) but it was quite a small portion - especially of vegetables.
I chose the Chicken Ballotine ($28) from the special’s menu without entirely understanding what it was - stuffed chicken thigh with pumpkin gnocchi, mushrooms and spinach, served with creme bisque. I really enjoyed the rich flavours and found it more filling.
The children were happy with old favourites Fish and Chips and a Beef Burger and fries (both $10.50) though something more than beef and cheese would have been appreciated in the burger.
We thoroughly enjoyed our mains - an ice cream sundae ($5) for one child, banana spilt ($7) for the other, while a more sophisticated Sweet Winter ($10) for me - a meringue finger topped with hazlenut cream and pecan nuts served with poached pear and chocolate ice cream - and a classic sticky date pudding ($8) for my date for the night. different ones or new crayons... I suspect our waitress had as little idea as I did what the Chicken Ballotine was but did her best to relay the chef’s instructions.
The sizzling platter with seafood and vegetables at Hamills, in Frankton, Queenstown.