My friend Davina, from Canada, but these days Melbourne, was in town for the week. We had spent a busy Monday morning being tourists around London, checking out Buckingham Palace and Egg Break earlier in the day. And like many tourists we were after a […]
The night was young and we were situated at The Victoria for my friend’s leaving do. It’s a bit of an institution for the locals, as most neighborhood gastropubs are and surely would have evoked some fond memories for the folk. I was pre-warned the […]
Docklands is a bit of a funny area, being as culturally desolate as it is windy. The food scene needs a hell of a lot more developing, here Harbour Town Hotel is entirely functional but needs a je ne sais quoi to be much more memorable.
We were in the area to check out some final sights before Joey had to head back to Canada. The waterfront is of course lovely (a reminder that there is ocean) and Harbour Town has a few more sights and stores than any other part here. We checked out the Harbour Town Hotel for a dinner bite, it’s a fantastically large venue and the ordering at the bar was an effective system with solid service received as well over the meal. We started off with the lemon pepper calamari ($12) served on salad. It was alright but the strips felt a bit artificial and the could have done without the salad as it didn’t really add anything other than mass.
Speaking of mass, the first main we shared was the steak sandwich ($24) with rump steak, cheese, bacon and caramelised onion. The meat was of reasonable quality, no real complaints other than tasting like a functional order than an exciting one.
The most expensive main here outside of the steak was the mustard chicken ($27) which is grilled chicken breast in a seeded mustard creamy sauce served on garlic mash and green beans. Mash could have had a richer garlic taste to it, beans were fine and the chicken was succulent enough. Succulent being one of Joey’s favourite words. Sauce was nice but for the price I’d expect a slightly larger portion or a slightly more refined take on things. We did enjoy the meal nonetheless.
We had an Entertainment Book BOGOF voucher used, so the price was a bit more palatable, otherwise Harbour Town Hotel serves its purpose as a suitable drinking and hangout spot for this part of town. Plenty of groups around from ice skaters to families to birthday partygoers so a decent crowd around.
It took me about four trips to realise IKEA even had a foodcourt. New Zealand sadly has no IKEA stores so the concept of a flatpack DIY furniture and homeware store is already overwhelming. And now you can eat there too? The meatballs are apparently the […]