28 March 2014
It is awesome to visit fancy restaurants without dying when the bill arrives. Dux Restaurant is one of those places with a tasty-sounding menu and higher prices to match. While we scored an online discount, the regular process are included in this review.
We ordered bread to start, entrees, and mains. As it turns out, we were totally stuffed and shamefully skipped dessert. It was a long 15 minute wait for our bread to arrive.
Fresh sour dough ($5 for 2 slices)
My impatient rumbling belly didn’t want to agonise trying to spread cold, hard butter on room-temperature bread. Thankfully the sweet balsamic vinegar and olive oil calmed me down. Later I dug holes in my bread to taste the yummy herb butter… probs still worthwhile.
Dux tasting plate to share ($39)
Another long 15 minutes passed by and I hungrily eye-balled the staff who were idling about. There were only 2 tables so I couldn’t understand the wait times but I think the kitchen was slowing things down. The entrée was pretty small given the regular price and defs designed to share between 2 not 4 people. I loved the tender perfectly cooked scallop with salty pulled pork. Decent lamb koftas served with delicious spiced pumpkin and smoked eggplant relish. My friends teased me for munching the salad but it had streaky bacon in it! Besides, the crispy fried squid pieces were a dry flavourless disappointment.
Crab risotto ($36)
Our mains also took ages to arrive. My risotto was a little too oily and heavy, but it was tasty and filled with seafood. The large juicy grilled prawn on top was joined by about 3 others under the rice. Cherry tomatoes were a lovely burst of sweetness. Yay for lots of meaty crab bits!! I couldn’t finish my dish but the friendly waitress happily put it in a doggy-bag to take home.
'Big red' free range pork trio ($39)
My friends meal had pork 3 ways: pan-fried loin, slow-cooked belly, and a crumbed rillette (meat as a paste like pâté). Things got a bit fancy with the orange infused capsicum essence, who even knows what that is. While I didn’t taste this dish, my friend seemed to enjoy herself!
Grass fed lamb platter ($38)
The lamb platter was huge. Nothing like the rubbish meal at the Witch’s Cauldron which served up only a few slivers of meat. We stared at the lamb pie wondering how puff pastry on top classified it as pie. Thankfully all the meat was tasty and well-cooked. I loved nibbling on the Greek salad because it was loaded with feta.
Service was friendly and attentive, but the wait times were very lengthy. I’m not sure how the kitchen would cope when there’s more than two occupied tables. Our meal would normally have cost about $50pp without drinks, so that’s pretty steep for a casual weekend lunch. I’m not sure the food is great enough to justify the prices. Dux Restaurant is probably one of those places that is too expensive to frequent but not quite memorable enough for special occasions.
Likes: risotto loaded with tasty seafood
Dislikes: long wait times, butter too cold to spread
Value for money: not great, high prices not entirely justified
Overall: probs couldn’t afford to return without a coupon
71 South Terrace
(08) 9474 9000