My husband and I dined at Bartons Restaurant for the first time ever because we had some Split the bill vouchers.
We are so glad we did.
It is a new discovery for us, The Caledonian Hotel appears non-descript from the outside, outward appearances have never encouraged us to wander in despite living 5 minutes away.
Fortunately we gave it a go!
It turned out to be a most enjoyable dining experience. We were served by a delightful waitress who appeared to enjoy her work and take great pride in it. She was attentive but not obtrusive and offered her service with cheer and positivity attending to all our needs. The food is of a very high standard and it is clear that this restaurant uses quality ingredients. I ordered the Duo of beef: a tender and succulent beef fillet along with a flavoursome, melt in your mouth delicious short rib served on a horse radish potato puree with beef jus. The presentation was stunning and it was PERFECTLY cooked with a taste to match. My husband had the free range chicken risotto with mushroom, leek, black truffle and pecorino cheese. The presentation of the risotto was very ordinary but it too was perfectly cooked and full of flavour. I enjoyed my meal so much I just had to squeeze in the Date and Pecan tart with bitter chocolate foam and cocoa nibs. This was a good choice with a contrast of flavour, texture and temperature, leading to a perfect eating experience. The bitter chocolate foam looked rough around the edges and did not add anything to the appearance or presentation of the dessert. Luckily it added to the eating pleasure in taste, texture and sensation. It was a sort of frothy bitter chocolate mousse that had been frozen and this strong chocolate taste married perfectly with the chill factor. The pecan pie filling was divine though the pastry could have been improved upon in my opinion- no matter it was a delicious meal from start to finish. The steak was $38, the risotto $26 and the dessert about $9. With the Split the bill voucher, the food cost $41. The decor is pleasant enough.
We will definitely come back again and again for the fantastic food.
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