Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at: www.bluebeegardendesign.com.au
Published May 12th 2015
Meals too good for sharing
The warm light spilling out of the Terminus Hotel's windows on another cold winter's night is an attractive invitation to passers-by.
It certainly was for us when we were on the hunt for something hearty and from the front it's like a typical pub with a mix of clients enjoying a bevy or two. But this venue has also been upgraded to cater to enthusiastic foodie types with an enticing, fresh and delicious menu on offer.
The dining room was tucked in the back and after directions from the helpful bar staff, we found ourselves seated in the older part of the hotel with its blue stone walls long tables and cosy booths. Every now and then the local train could be glimpsed crossing the bridge overhead all adding to the snug atmosphere.
Unfortunately for us a romantic meal was out of the question as the restaurant was bustling with many birthdays and family get togethers. There were an alarming amount of kids freewheeling across the carpet which the skilled waiters seemed to take in their stride. Our concerns of being ignored in such a busy environment were unfounded when we were soon given menus and settled in each with a delicious glass of Fowles wine Cabernet Merlot. As the weather and occasion dictated I was keen for a filling feed and wasn't disappointed. I tucked into a succulent slow-cooked pork belly with potatoes, green beans, garlic chilli butter, apple puree and red win jus. The meat was delicious. My partner ditched the diet and went for the gourmet beer battered flathead fillets, with chips and green salad option. We didn't share, we were enjoying our meals too much.
When it came to dessert there were three options, poached peaches and spice rhubarb, mango cheesecake and double chocolate pecan brownie. We threw out caution and both ordered the chocolate brownie that came with a side of white chocolate ice-cream. I'm fussy about my brownies, if I'm going to indulge in something so detrimental to my waste line it needs to supply a wicked gooey deliciousness that justifies the risk, I am happy to say this lived up to my expectations.
Overall the other customers around us weren't too loud, the occasional outburst from the kids was quickly managed and after the first glass had settled us in we were able to enjoy the whole experience.