Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Grill 3182 - St Kilda

16 The Esplanade
St Kilda
VIC 3182

We don't normally choose restaurants in large hotels however as we'd won a voucher and despite some average reviews on urbanspoon we headed to Grill 3182at the Novatel in St Kilda.

The dining area occupies the ground floor section facing the Esplanade at the front of the hotel, overlooking the bay, seating also available outside.

The fit out inside was clean and modern, but couldn't quite escape the we are in a big hotel feeling. On arrival the table we had booked wasn't available so we took advantage of happy hour at the bar.

Once seated we perused the menu, which had been updated from that shown on the web. The tales we'd read of poor service already started to ring true, as a waitress didn't know much about the dishes and even confessed to be being very new. We also overheard complaints about long waits for food!

In fact our entrées came after a reasonably short period of time. The scallops with fennel and beetroot salad was packed with strong flavours which overpowered the only just done and cold scallops...

The seasonal vegetable soup came in a huge bowl and was simple but also well prepared and satisfying.

We waited over half an hour for our mains to come out, a little longer than was comfortable, especially as a table ended up being re-arranged right next to us during the wait.... I had the salmon with pea mash and roasted tomatoes. The fish was a just little on the dry side, the mash was more potato than pea, other than the colour there wasn't much different from a slightly dry standard mashed potato.

The beef cheek came with some undercooked seasonal veggies and came with an intense sweet sauce that overpowered the meat.

Our side of chips were great!

Overall with the almost amateur level of service and hit and miss dishes, I'm glad we didn't have to pay the full $145 for the meal!

Grill 3182 Restaurant and Bar @ the Novotel on Urbanspoon

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