We went to Old City Bank tonight for dinner, three adults and two kids, and on arriving were treated with disdain by the surly maitre D as we did not have a booking. Apparently it would be hard to seat the 5 of us. We were reluctantly given a table, and on leaving noted that more than 3/4 of the restaurant was still empty! We ordered 2 of the salmon special, the gnocchi and 2 kids fish and chips. Not one of us finished our meals. The salmon smelt strange and was bland, the gnocchi was obviously the stuff you can buy in a packet from Coles, and even the kids commented on the chips being 'watery tasting'.
The main problem is that this well below par pub food cost us a lot of money. Twenty dollars for packet gnocchi in a bland sauce! Twenty six dollars for bland salmon in an off smelling fishy broth with noodles! Around the corner at another Katoomba establishment (Bistro Niagara) you can get fine, chef cooked french food for anything between 15 and 26 dollars a serve and you will want to lick your plate.
In saying all this, this review is a criticism of the food, and our initial welcome. Our waitress was lovely, and the Guinness from the Piano Bar was well poured and brought up to us with a smile.
We are locals. There is no way they can treat local families with such disdain, and serve such terrible overpriced food, and expect them to be back. Especially as there are a number of great, reasonably priced eateries around the corner.
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