The Royal Hotel is located on the corner of North Terrace and Dequetteville Terrace. Situated in a prime position, there is also plenty of parking on the North Terrace side of the building. The venue itself is deceptively large. It has a bar area, pokies room, formal dining area and a function room upstairs.
Tonight, I was here for a Downton Abbey style Christmas in July fund raising dinner. For mains, I ordered the Battered Flathead and Chips. There was a salad bar in the downstairs dining area, however, it was mostly empty and never refilled. The meals came out at pretty much the same time, however, all of our dishes were cold.
The fish was well cooked and the batter was nice and crunchy. 3 pieces of fish were provided so the serving was more than generous. The tartare sauce was pretty good. It was nice and tangy, although I could have done with more. The chips were nicely battered but the quality was disappointing. My plate was full of those crunchy bits that people normally throw out.
For dessert, I had the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. It was simply amazing! The panna cotta was nice and firm. The texture was smooth and it had a subtle sweetness. Combined with the berries, it was absolutely delicious. The presentation of my dessert wasn’t as great as some of the others.
From what I can gather, they don’t cater for large functions very well. I know all meals should be ready before everyone gets served, but hot meals just don’t taste nice cold. The service was OK and the atmosphere was relaxed. I can’t see myself coming back here for a meal though.
WHERE: 2 North Tce, Kent Town