The location, ambience and food quality at The Wild Dog deserves 5 stars and I'm tempted to mark it so, but there's just a couple of (easily fixable) annoyances that stop me from doing so.
We visited for lunch on a cold, wet and windy day. We were concerned that the poor weather might detract from our experience, but if anything, the dull day made the view from this very comfortable and warm restaurant even more appealing. There were only 5 couples dining on the day we were there, therefore all had a window table and were able to fully enjoy the lovely outlook.
As might be expected, the menu (and the wine list) is not extensive but there's sufficient choice to satisfy all. We ordered entrees of cauliflower soup and smoked trout. Both were very nicely plated and quite delicious. For mains, my wife ordered a scotch fillet and for me a Pork cutlet. I must say both meals were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented, with the very tasty and substantial sides on a separate platter. Together with a couple of glasses of house wine each our bill came to $130 which we felt was good value - given the quality of the meals.
So why not 5 stars...?
1. They were too slow with the main courses. With only 5 tables occupied it shouldn't take 45 minutes between entrée and main course.
2. Why is it so difficult to get a smile from the waitress? Mind you, she did nothing wrong! She was polite, personable and prompt and almost entirely without charm. The interaction between us was at best, perfunctory. I'm sure she is a friendly and pleasant lady, but we didn't see it.
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