I would have thought that the idea of using a Scoopon Deal to get people into your restaurant for the first time would have been to make sure that they not only had a good meal but they enjoyed the night out so you would get them to come back again and again. The owner does not see it that way as we will not be going back and I also be letting friends know about our night at Blake's.
The waitress staff were all great but I feel sure they will all be looking for new jobs soon as I don't believe there doors will stay open for much longer.
The first mistake was made when we were told that if we chose any of the "mains" that had an asterisk next to the price, there would be a $6.00 surcharge. I pointed out that I would not be paying any surcharge as there was on mention of this on the Scoopon which I had just over to her. She very politely said that other customers had also pointed this out and she had discussed this with the manager but had be told to tell customers about the extra $6.00. Again I said that I would not be paying the extra if either of us chose one of the five asterisk mains. Again she whispered politely that she would not charge us the extra if we decided on one of these mains. (This is no way to run a business.) It turned out that neither of us did order one of these mains but we had discovered the sort of place we were in.
The three entrees arrived on plate which were all very small, which was a very good thing as they were not very good. There was a bowl of calamari rings which I was convinced had come out of a frozen packet, a cream of cauliflower soup, which had a good texture but we far to salty and am a person that uses salt and shredded pork on rice which tasted like pieces of boiled pork which were left over from making stock and pulled apart which was fairly tasteless but the rice was cooked well.
For mains my wife ordered the King prawn penne Claudia with garlic, white wine, cream, parmesan and a little chili.This was fine but not spectacular for its $33.00 price. I ordered The Crusted barramundi fillet on mash with sweet pea puree after checking where the barramundi had come from and being told that is was "wild caught in the NT". Not only did the fillet have bones it was uneatable as it was pappy and tasteless. I felt it had been defrosted in hot water just before it was cooked. I told the waitress that it could not be eaten and all she could do was to say sorry as I assumed they had been told that meals would not be replaced no mater what the problem was.
The desert plate arrived which contained two small plastic glasses of red jelly with a pink moose top, two small coffee cups of apple and blueberry crumble and another two small coffee cups of creme brulee. The latter two were the best part of the meal along with the one year old bottle of red which was included in the deal.
The real shame is that we are locals and we hoping for a new "favourite". .
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