Cotta, Southbank – $$

LoveItWe arrived for dinner at around 7.30pm. The restaurant was well lit, air-conditioned on a hot Melbourne night and inviting. My only gripe was the music – there was background music which was fine, but halfway through our meal, a band started playing nearby. The cacophony of sound was ridiculously loud as the band’s music mixed in with the background music and I couldn’t have a conversation with my wife! (3.5/5)

The service was not what I expected at Crown Casino. Half of the staff seemed really well trained and half seemed to be on their first ever shift in a restaurant. We didn’t have one server for the night and different people kept coming to the table to offer drinks, take orders, clear the table, etc. As I was driving, I asked what light beers they had on the menu and was offered a Little Creatures Pale Ale! I ordered a Cascade Light instead! (3.5/5)

The food was exactly what I expected from Crown Casino! We shared a bread and dips platter. When the bread ran out, we asked for some more to mop up the last of our dips and it arrived at our table promptly. The Aussie Burger was just what I was craving! Perfectly built with delicious ingredients and served with crisp chips. My wife ordered the Moroccan lamb skewers on spiced rice served with yoghurt which was also superb! We finished the night off by sharing a dessert from heaven. (5/5)

We dined here during Crown’s January Special – $15.00 for 2 courses – so yes, this was definitely value for money! You couldn’t even get a burger and chips for $15.00 in the city usually, so this was definitely value for money. The regular menu is also pretty reasonably priced – Parmas are all $17.00, a 350g rib-eye is only $33.00 (5/5)

Overall, I would definitely dine here again. The experience was good despite the service hiccups and the food was excellent! (84%)

Spend: For the two of us including drinks, the bill came to $41.50

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