We began relaxing in The Victor Bar with a refreshing 5 Seeds (apple cider). The bar staff were accommodating enough to provide milk for the kids and we hungrily demolished a bowl of wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce ($9) in minutes. We began reading the menus, unaware that we had booked seats in the adjacent Encounter Restaurant rather than the Norfolk Café which was opposite to where we were sitting. While the menu's were similar, this left a few of the boys very disappointed that they couldn't order a T-bone steak in the restaurant.
The meals in the restaurant sounded far fancier than in the bar though. How about Sambucca crumbed Garfish fillets, Thai red curry duck legs, Char grilled black pepper quail or Summer vegetable terrine? We began with oysters Kilpatrick ($26, dozen) and the amount of "Kilpatrick" in each shell was very unequally distributed that we should have sent a few back to the kitchen. The kids chose a cheeseburger from the Kids Menu ($9) that arrived without cheese; we promptly had the waitress send these back, only to have them returned with a handful of grated cheese on top. Interesting.
When we ordered and paid for our main meals at the counter, it would have been nice if staff had bothered to mention the free bread roll and salad bar or at least the carvery menu also on offer. Our meals took a while to come out as the restaurant was filled with fellow holiday-makers and we were so peckish. My Seafood Plate of beer battered fish, grilled prawns, salt and pepper calamari with chips ($19) was reasonable but I didn't believe the seafood was "fresh from the sea" as one would assume dining in a seaside town. The chicken in the schnitzels ($17) was a very thick slab of breast and the "new potato salad with hollandaise sauce" served with the BBQ Atlantic Salmon ($26) (which came out a good fifteen minutes after the other meals) was simply five whole new potatoes.
The standout dish was the dessert, banana, caramel and chocolate mille-feuille with vanilla ice cream ($10). Two of us decided to share one but it was really only for one person in size. Layers of pastry separated the soft, caramelised banana, gooey caramel and chocolate sauce. Despite several glitches during our service, the food was good and staff did well, considering we had the largest table of 12.