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“Over the top Christmas lunch”
Review of Grain of the silos

Grain of the silos
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Thu, 2/20
8:00 PM
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Invermay
Price range: $7 - $74
Description: Explore an abundant harvest gathered from port to wilderness at Grain of the Silos. From Cape Grim beef to Bruny Island cheese to the creamiest Dutch potatoes - this marvellous island of ours has been scoured for perennial favourites and seasonal treasures to take the lead on a carefully curated menu.
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Description: Explore an abundant harvest gathered from port to wilderness at Grain of the Silos. From Cape Grim beef to Bruny Island cheese to the creamiest Dutch potatoes - this marvellous island of ours has been scoured for perennial favourites and seasonal treasures to take the lead on a carefully curated menu.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Launceston for five days staying at Peppers Seaport. They weren't doing Christmas lunch but suggested that we try Peppers Silo Hotel. In the first week of October, they were already heavily booked for lunch but managed to get us in. At $358 for the two of us, it was a splurge but the menu looked good. We were offered the 11.30 sitting or the 2.30 and chose the earlier option. We arrived early so that we could look around the newish hotel and, based on proximity to restaurants, shops etc, were glad that we'd chosen the Seaport Hotel for our stay. Our two-bedroom apartment with balcony overlooking the river was particularly comfortable.
On arrival at the restaurant, we were given a very warm welcome and glass of local bubbly from greeter Jane. Without thinking much about it when making the booking, I had assumed that wine would probably be included as part of the $358. It wasn't, except for the bubbly. Oh well, in for a penny......
The wine list was handed over including a promotion for a particular winery (can't remember which) and their chardonnay was strongly recommended. At $145 ?, it needed to be good but we thought we'd already spent so much on the meal, we might as well go for broke on the wine so we ordered that chardonnay and a bottle of Lamura Nero D'Avola too. Both were excellent but, at $55, the Nero D'avola is a major bargain. A particularly good red.
The place ran like clockwork. Nothing was rushed, the open kitchen appeared to be very well organised and each of the 8 courses was well spaced. With a lot of staff, the service was excellent. Our waitress, Sajana, was good humoured and attentive and had time to chat between courses. Looking around the busy room, all diners seemed to be very happy.
The eight courses were a great mix but the highlights were the quail and the baked scallop entrees and the main of lamb loin chops. Best of all of the courses was the ricotta cavatelli with spanner crab sauce. By the time we got to the last of the mains (porchetta), we were struggling and only just made it through dessert. The meal was great but they could have cut out the porchetta and the first course. This was fried pizza bread with whipped goat's curd. Sort of a cross between pizza, donut and potato cake but probably too filling as a starter course. Anyway, it was a great lunch.
As we were leaving and about to pay the drinks bill, the very convivial Jane was there to say goodbye and asked if we'd had a good time. We said we had and she looked at the bill and replied "Wow, yes you have". Congratulations to manager Damian Birch for an extremely well organised and enjoyable function.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Thank gwegwy
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4 - 8 of 117 reviews

Reviewed January 7, 2020

We dined for lunch and found the prices to be very reasonable. The service was prompt and all of our meals were delicious particularly the hot smoked salmon salad. We will definitely be going back and would recommend to others.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank Jmack58
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Reviewed January 2, 2020

Peppers Silo sits on top of the Launceston flood defence levee at the junction of the Esk and Tamar River and is accessible from the Portside Precinct by an impressive 'space frame' style footbridge.Sadly the space between the end of the bridge and the hotel precinct is still a partial construction site which I suppose will be nice once it's finished. Road access is through an industrial area past Bunnings and Office Works.
The hotel is almost brand new and still smells nicely of new paint and carpet but is difficult to navigate to get through to the restaurants on the first floor as there is no defined entrance at ground level and the signage isn't great once you get inside.
The Grain of the Silos restaurant is a lovely open concept kitchen / dining space with friendly international staff and although a booking is recommended they managed to find us a table for 2 without one.
The menu is pretty good as long as you eat meat, with no obvious vegetarian options and only one "fish-of-the-day" - not a trace of chicken anywhere. We mentioned this to the maitre d' as we paid the bill and he agreed it needed to be reviewed noting that they had introduced chicken to the lunchtime menu.
The food we ordered was very nice, except we had to ask for the sides as they didn't arrive with the meal, and portion size was good though a little bit expensive, the fish alone was $42!
Comedy was in order when I asked our server about draught beer, the response to which was "sorry sir we only have bottled or tap..." and then my order went half way round the restaurant as someone else tried to offload it on other customers
So all up, not a bad meal really, just the combination of high cost, poor accessibility, lack of diversity on the menu and Fawlty Towers style service dropped the overall mark.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank philo809
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Reviewed December 26, 2019

Friendly service, informative, without being intrusive. Delicious food. Great choice of wines by the glass. Courses paced to allow you to enjoy each course. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival was a wonderful start to a delicious lunch.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank Cynthia C
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Reviewed December 23, 2019

I've dined here four times now, each time for lunch. The first when it just opened, this presented the usual issues - staff training was limited, kitchen confusions with orders, payment delays due to staff lacking knowledge. This can be forgiven, after all they were new.
The next two visits were mixed, one visit was good with consistent service and food quality (above average) the next had delays on the food and when going to pay, to be fair the food was good.
Again i visited with family for lunch. I ordered at 13:16 according to my receipt. I was the last to order, the first order was paid at 13:06. The other orders came out within 10-15 minutes, looked good and apparently tasted nice. We inquired about where our food was at 13:50 and it arrived at 14:01, in an unfriendly manner and with no apology for the lengthy delay. The others had finished their meals and we were waiting to go (we had small children with us who had till this point been very patient).
These last two orders were burgers and not worth the wait. The burgers were average, not terrible but far from anything that would take more than 5 minutes to make. The restaurant wasn't busy. The waiter/manager was abrupt and unfriendly, i won't be in a rush to go back if i have the choice of where to go!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Thank casualdiner1979
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