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Roundhouse restaurant sits on the ninth floor of the former Newcastle council administration centre which has been converted to a five-star hotel. The 1970s building has been topped with a six-metre glass addition that complements the brutalist architecture.
The menu focuses on food made with fresh local ingredients with a twist of native flavours. Ingredients such as wattleseed, quandong, rosella and macadamia are paired with high-quality seasonal produce. There are a few options for gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian diets. The service is friendly and professional and the atmosphere befits a special occasion.
All of our meals were interesting, delicious and artfully presented and we are looking forward to a return visit to try some of the other dishes. The spatchcock had a macadamia and saltbush stuffing and was served with purple cauliflower, white yam fondant and quandong jus. Pukara Estate lamb rack appeared to be a simple dish but was full of complex flavours and was perfectly cooked. The drinks list is extensive with local wines as well as European, a range of beers (tap and bottled), spirits and cocktails.
Roundhouse has special menus for group dining and offer a loyalty discount for diners from the local area. Breakfast service is available to hotel guests and there are plans to offer lunch with views in the future.