Astrolabe – Mt Maunganui, NZ

Astrolabe
Mt Maunganui, NZ
http://www.astrolabe.co.nz/

In winter, Tauranga and Mt Maunganui are extremely quiet places. Astrolabe was one of the only pubs open, I’d been made aware of its existence via a friends cousin.

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The place was very cool, giving off this heavily retro, slightly brewery vibe; It felt a lot like Melbourne.
The menu read really nicely, and their burger looking fantastic, however I got distracted by the pork taco, blue cheese and peanut wontons and their 250g scotch fillet. The latter I ordered medium rare with some garlic butter and mushroom sauce on the side.

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First out was the pork taco, served as an “assemble your own”. It was a fun, albeit messy, start to the meal.

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Next out were the dumplings, and they were, to put it nicely, different. Deep fried, overly oily and a less than stellar filling, it was safe to say I didn’t finish them.

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Lastly the steak. It was cooked to a medium rather than medium rare. The flavour and tenderness weren’t inherently bad, with the chips, salad and sauces complementing the meal well.

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In spite of that, the steak was quite unmemorable. That being said, it was the first steak I’d had since The Grill.

How well it’s cooked – 7.7

Flavour – 6.1

Tenderness – 5.4

Overall – 6.4

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