Mt Maunganui, 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.
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.
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