This is one of the better restaurants in Nowra. It is clear the owner is trying to offer a balance between Sydney style fine dining-cum-fine dining casual best enjoyed in a regional destination.
As a first time visitor, the initial impression was definitely a wow. The drinks and cocktail menu is extensive, with an appetising bar menu and dining menu set to impress. At first glance, the setting, the younger staff, and the decor all indicate a good night ahead.
The issues began when we ordered. The waitress struggled to explain the differences between their steak offerings, including the background of the dish and the differences between different cuts.
When we ordered one of the restaurants' Wagyu steaks, we were not prompted on how we would like it cooked, and had to request this explicitly (well done). We ordered one of the many appetising-sounding entrees too.
After enjoying the great drinks menu for the next 20 minutes, we were surprised to find our main being delivered. No mention of the entree. Turns out the waitress forgot to let the kitchen know we wanted an entree. Okay, these things happen.
We turned to our steaks next - still very pink and dripping. We were served very rare steaks despite our request. When a restaurant in Nowra charges $40 for a 300g steak, I can't help but expect better than this.
To the restaurants' credit, the head waitress waived part of the cost of our meal due to the slip ups and was profusely apologetic. I have since visited Wharf Rd again, and while the service hasn't really improved, the food has been okay (not mind blowing, but cooked and a bit better than edible).
Conclusion: Wharf Rd seems a great venue for breakfast on the balcony or drinks at the bar with a group. As what is likely Nowra's most expensive dining destination, I can't help but suggest you visit some of the better restaurants in Berry, Gerringong and Wollongong.
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