Despite living in the region we had never considered eating at the Atrium. Friends were staying at the motel that the restaurant is part of and so we met them there for dinner. It was quite a pleasant surprise.
The food is interesting without trying to be clever and was well cooked. None of what we ate was disappointing and some was really excellent. The lamb backstrap was crisp on the outside and delightfully pink in the middle, the pork cutlet was moist and tasty (but we weren't sure about the 'scallops' with it and the Moroccan chicken was suitably Moroccanish. The green beans as a side dish weren't so special. Lovely beans but with something very sweet like crumbled toffee on them.
Simple Turkish Delight for dessert was a nice idea and it was fresh and good quality. I'm told the coffee was OK. My friend (who really knows and likes his food) says the steak he had the night before was excellent.
The wine list is not long but is pretty good. All Australian or NZ wines with a good selection of regional wines. I thought the prices were very reasonable (Warrabilla Durif $48).
The space is a giant, soulless cavity but the service was cheery and attentive if not overly professional. And it was very reasonably priced. The dearest mains were the steaks at about $35 and most were in the high $20s. The entrees were all under $20
We'll certainly go back.
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