The Royal Hotel

Today on the Dining Diaries…

I can now say it’s a fact, Salad Bar + Carpet = Seniors
I’ve learnt a nice wine makes a meal taste better and
Sorry to harp on it, but when it comes to some local pubs, seniors rule the roost.

Diners after my last entry, I vowed not to eat in a place that was specifically geared towards seniors. I love seniors as much as the next person, but it’s very clear that when it comes to dining, we have different needs and expectations.

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Today we were at The Royal Hotel. Seeing as this hotel looked nice from the website, looks nice from the road, and is right on the edge of the CBD, I didn’t think it would be a seniors pub.

I was wrong.

The moment I walked into the dining area I smelt boiled vegetables. I should have turned and walked away but I didn’t.
Hubby saw the salad bar and gasped. We didn’t turn away.
The place was furnished with an old carpet. We didn’t turn away.
It’s completely our fault. We walked in and we sat down.

royal5Having said all that, the guy working the bar was really lovely and friendly, helped us find a seat and handed us a couple of menus. The prices were really good I have to say and yes, they did also have a seniors menu. I’m not sure why we were given one of those!

We ordered a couple of mains and checked out the salad bar. It was fairly average as far as salad bars go. There were three hot choices and a few more cold salads.
It wasn’t dreadful but it was on the mushy side. For example the potatoes were boiled with a bit of soft onion on them rather than crisply roasted. One tray I think was a veggie bake but it was just full of corn. I believe our last senior experience had an abundance of corn too. Not sure if there is a connection.

Now onto the mains. Hubby was excited because the menu said “Lamb Shanks” and that “s” on the end means he’d be getting more than one! It looked semi impressive when it came out.

Now it wasn’t that it was bad. The meat was tender and fell off the bone. The jus was nice mixed with the mash. It was all as should be but about the lamb shanks, hubby said it felt like someone had just removed them from a boiling pot and set them on his plate. It didn’t have the flavour he was expecting. He didn’t hate it, it just wasn’t what he was after.

I had ordered a Cabernet Merlot and it was just divine! My mood certainly lifted with that.

I didn’t hate my menu choice either. I ordered the Vegetarian Lasagne. In fact, it was quite nice. The only thing I would have changed about it is removed the pumpkin and have more of the delicious capsicum. The capsicum was sweet and really lifted the dish. The cheese and tomato sauce on top were quite delicious too!! There was a nice flavour in that, just not enough of it.

The prices were really good so I guess we pretty much got what we paid for.

As for the hotel itself, aside from seniors there were a few business people in there too and there was even a meeting going on in a room adjacent to the dining room which some company must have booked out. I think if we hadn’t eaten here on the back of my last review, it may have been ok but we are pretty much over mushy veggies and carpet.
This is especially true after I visited all those exciting places on the Food Porn Tour.

This is not a bad place, but you need to know what you’re getting into before you decide to dine here.
As for the Spoon You Fork Me team, the next time we see carpet and a salad bar, we’re turning around and walking back out!

Have you eaten at The Royal Hotel?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…

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