We've just been to Lyndoch Hill Restaurant with another couple for a Saturday night dinner. We read the reviews and decided to disregard the negative ones, and keep an open mind. Unfortunately our experience was quite disappointing.
The menu sounded great, but unfortunately the food didn't live up to expectations. The calamari in the entree was chewy and the chorizo which goes with it was just a couple of slices, which had been diced up fine (like bacon bits), as if they were trying to stretch it as far as they could. The pork belly had very soft, spongy, chewy skin, instead of the normal crispy skin. If that's what the chef is trying to achieve he needs to change his ideas. If he is indeed trying for crispy skin, he needs more practice. The duck was undercooked, chewy, and almost inedible. Most of the other food was acceptable. The gnocchi entree was quite nice.
Our friends had arrived before us and been served with drinks. When we arrived we were sat down, but not offered any drinks. When orders were finished being taken it was obvious drinks were not going to be offered, so we asked for a bottle of wine. The entree's were delivered and still no wine, so we called them over to remind them. They poured the wine, but never came back to top-up. A bottle of red wine had been decanted for us and glasses delivered for the main course, but no wine was poured. When it was clear they weren't going to pour it we did that ourselves. The wine list has a sticky (desert wine) by the glass, but when we ordered it we were told it was only sold by the bottle, so we didn't bother.
All in all, Lydoch Hill has lots of potential, but needs to improve in many ways. The restaurant itself is quite spectacular and the staff are friendly, but generally the quality of the food & service does not live up to the claims on the website. I hope the owners and staff read this and take it on board, because I would like to see this restaurant improve and succeed.
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