We have been supporting this magnificent venue for the 4 years we have lived in Hobart and have seen how the owner has quietly grown this venue into a complex which will hold its own against anything in the world. The recent extension of the lounge and dining area is a tribute to tasteful use of glass and stainless steel which has resulted in an exciting space architecturally without losing its relaxed atmosphere. There is even one of 8 separate cinemas within the complex where one can sit on leather covered couches with a glass of wine or beer and enjoy
a good movie. We attend the State Cinema as much as possible and have often enjoyed an excellent coffee and cake in the new extension. Having extolled the venue i have to in the interests of fairness and in the hope that the owner or one of his staff reads this and takes note of some constructive criticism.
Today we arrived in time for our film only to discover that news paper[ The Australian] had published the incorrect starting time.This was not a problem as the knew we could enjoy a good snack while waiting as we had missed lunch. My wife ordered a LEMON CURD TART and i chose a chicken and mushroom pie which is served with a rocket leaf salad and a tomato relish. The dining area was very busy and the only seats available were right opposite the kitchen so we were able to see how calmly the chef went about his many tasks. After a short wait our food arrived and my wife declared her tart excellent. Unfortunately my meal was mixed. The ROCKET was fresh crisp and tasty with just the right amount of dressing. The RELISH was also excellent and could be sold as a stand alone product. The PIE was the problem. It was really bland and had very little chicken in it so that the unseasoned mushrooms predominated it as a tasteless mush. Now the saving grace of even the worst pie could be the pastry and often is but alas this poor pie had been microwaved to heat it so i will never know what the pastry was like. To make matters worse the pie was not even heated uniformally and was cold in parts. At $9 a pie im afraid this is unacceptable and who ever does the buying should drive down Derwent drive and go into Marnys pie shop and have one of their pies which are kept just hot enough to eat without killing the excellent pastry casing and filling to die for. We are both amazed that such a sophisticated venue such as the State Cinema would slip up like this which is a great pity. We do hope the powers that be take cognisense of this and abolish the use of microwave machines on the noble pie.
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