I was forced at the last minute to find a Yulefest (Christmas in July) dinner in the same area as the original restaurant i booked cancelled on me as their chef was sick. As it was hard to find a reputable yule location with 48 hrs notice to seat 12 adults and 3 children, I thought I'd give The Victoria and Albert a go - against my better judgement after reading other bad reviews. I thought - how bad could someone stuff up a basic christmas meal? and, at $70 a head it cant be that bad? surely... Oh, how very wrong I was to go against my gut instinct. Now my gut is still recovering.
Arriving for 'canapes and mulled wine' we were shown into a room where another large group was placed around the fire on various sofas. We had to edge through a door that was blocked by a sofa and seat 2 sofas for 12 adults and 3 kids. We took some plastic chairs from around a table in the corner. We could get no where near the fire. The other group glared as us like we were invaders! Then the so called canapes on a tray near our seating appeared- pre frozen deep fried ?? We could not identify the contents, the pastry was different shapes but the food within was unknown. We had to ask for our glass of mulled wine, then when it did not come, one of the adults went to the kitchen to ask again. It arrived 15 mins later in tumblers, 2 at a time. It was again, unidentifiable as to its recipe, I think maybe cask red with a bit of cinnamon and heated in the microwave.
The other group decided they were hungry and came over to our seating area and proceeded to eat off the tray of 'canapes' to our shock, but they were welcome to the food as it was not edible. I prayed that dinner would be better as I'd arranged my whole family and 2 friends to come up from Sydney for this.
My prayers were not answered. ushered into the dining room, it was super hot with aircon on 26 degrees but no lit fire. Did not feel like we were in the Blue Mountains. The architecture had potential but the decor was 1980s pink and hideous. As was the food. The soup I think was cauliflower but it had so much butter in it I couldnt taste the main ingredient or finish the very shallow bowl - paste like.
Main meal was a meat slice trio. 3 slices of meat, 1, I think turkey, 1 pork? - assumed as it was pink and I did not touch it, and the 3rd I believe was a chunk of 'crackling' but looked like beef jerkey - only orange. The beans were shrivelled, the potato the only blessing to fill me up.
Dessert was an individual overcooked microwaved dry plum pudding covered in coagulated custard - made from powder. There was no taste of plum in the pudding. Kids got icecream - but even that was bad and they didnt eat it as it 'tasted funny'.
I felt most sorry for my sister who is part of a family of 5, that's 5x $70 = $350 for a meal that was barely eaten and only because we were hungry. It was below RSL standard and our money would have been better spent at The Lithgow Worker's Club where it is cheap, cheerful - and edible.
Ashamed I booked this and was responsible for a woeful night of non Yule cheer - the only blessing was my family around me and the couple of friends who were oh so polite about the whole thing.
Regretfully I did not think to take photos with my iphone to warn off others.
Do not eat here!
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