We were expecting much from our visit to this apparently well-reputed eatery. The building itself certainly has a lot of character despite it being situated on the side of a road, without views and its own grounds and in the middle of a housing area. The dining room was pretty full when we entered at 7.30pm but it was surprisingly dead ( bar a couple on an adjacent table ) by 8.15pm. The menu is tempting ; the staff really friendly and efficient. And so to the food.... The seafood chowder was excellent ; rich and full of delicious ingredients. The fruit platter was fresh and colourful. The tempura prawns were tasteless however and the accompanying salad had seemingly been lying around for quite a time ! The pate was inedible - uniquely horrid and tasted of stale fat which the chef duly apologised for. Onto the Mains... The chicken breast with sauce was again excellent, the salmon really tasty ( and a very large portion ) but the fillet mignons were disappointingly 'just OK' - not at all succulent and not at all comparable to some of the fantastic cuts of meat that we've indulged in other restaurants. The apple pie ( deep and full of fruit ) was gorgeous and the rice pudding ( with a home-made raspberry coulis and creamy ice-cream ! ) very good ! This restaurant needs to 'stop' and reassess where it's at and critically where it's heading ! It has potential...but appears to be uncertain of its true identity. Does it aspire to be a destination, higher end dining experience or a relatively cheap & cheerful restaurant for locals who want to save themselves the hassle of cooking on a weekend night ? Some fundamental aspects of its set-up are seriously letting it down and without corrective action will be the cause of ultimate ( and regrettable ) decline.