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Published June 10th 2012
To get to the 7th Ave Bar & Restaurant, it took us about an hour to get there. So when we finally arrived, I was hoping for something very special. It started off very promising. Parking was ample - there are at least three carparks within walking distance of the restaurant.
Walking in to the restaurant, you are immediately greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere, and we were immediately seated despite the fact that the restaurant was already
quite busy. We didn't have to wait long for any of the exceptional waiters to serve us, and when we had placed our order, we didn't even have long to wait. Drinks were brought out practically straight away, and we didn't have to wait long for our entrees either.
For $6.90, the garlic bread was a winner- we received four slices of the generously sized bread, that was lovely. While some garlic breads have difficulty finding the line between too much garlic and too little, this bread danced on the line perfectly.
We also ordered the Turkish Bread and Dips, which at $13.90 was a mixture of good and bad. The bread was lovely and fresh - really quite tasty on it's own, however, the dips weren't anything special, and I still think it's a bit of a reach to call olive oil a dip. I know a lot of places do that now, but it's just not a dip. It's an oil. It's great to cook with, but I don't see the big deal myself.
A short while later, our main meals arrived. We had ordered the Chicken Parmigiana and the Fish and Chips. For $19.90, the fish and chips were delicious. The fish was white, flaky and succulent. The chips were hot, fresh and there were plenty of them. The chicken parmigiana cost more- $24.90, and was a little disappointing. The Parmigiana itself had been overcooked slightly, leaving the napolitana sauce burnt at the edges of the chicken, and the cheese had been basically burnt off. The chicken breast itself however was white, juicy and delicious. Both meals came with a salad as well. Nothing special to report there really- it's a salad.
There isn't a whole lot you can do with a salad. However I would suggest that if you are planning to eat
the salad, ask for the dressing on the side. There wasn't anything wrong with it really, except there was quite a lot of it and it soaked through onto the rest of the meal. We didn't bother with dessert, as the meals were so large, however they have a large range of desserts and you can go there for just coffee and cake for $5.90, which means it's definitely worth a look.
The night we were there, was karaoke night. This is every Friday and Saturday night, but don't let that put you off. It is situated in the bar, which if you are dining there, is at the other side of the restaurant. It isn't too loud and obtrusive but still a bit of fun.
The restaurant itself was a bit overcrowded, however this probably had more to do with the fact they were trying to hold three large groups and a function at the same time. Don't worry about being cold either, they have a large heater and if anything, it was too hot. So even if it's cold outside, don't rug up too much. Oh, and if you can help it, don't go to the toilets, they looked as though they hadn't been
cleaned for about a month, and there was no toilet rolls in two out of the three stalls.
So. Top marks to the restaurant for their service, and their fantastic prices; for the same amount of money you could expect a bite sized entrée at some places.
Unfortunately there were a few little things that weren't quite up to scratch, however they could have just been having an off night. But is it worth travelling an hour to get there? Yes, I think so. And for all the lucky people who live in Midland or the surrounding areas, it's definitely somewhere you have to try. At least twice; once for the main meal, and again, just to try their desserts.