The Hermitage

I have often wondered about this place as it is very close to the Canberra Theatre and The Playhouse, so we decided to try it with some friends before going to see Broad. The website claimed that there were vegetarian dishes available, which actually meant one entree and one main – and nothing that could easily be adapted! We shared some bread and decided against entrees – saving room for dessert instead! I was in a bit of a quandary, as the main didn’t really appeal – risotto with snow peas and mushrooms (not a fan of peas or freaky mushrooms!!) and the entree contained goats cheese and beetroot – something I am still acquiring the taste for (but only the fresh stuff!). I had decided on having the entree and a salad or a bowl of veggies for my main, but I changed my mind at the last minute and went with the risotto. Not surprisingly, Martin ordered the same thing! It was an unfortunate decision – the risotto was nice, but by the time I picked out all the bits that I don’t like, there wasn’t much left! I think I would have been happier with my initial decision. For dessert I had a chocolate mousse, which was delicious. Now, I know that restaurants can’t cater to my (sometimes odd) tastes! However, it would be nice if there was more than one veggie entree and one veggie main on the menu, so that a vegetarian couple can have an interesting and varied dining experience! Or so that a single vegetarian diner can have a choice! The whole experience here had some little quirks. One of which was that it took a while to get our wine opened and once it was, our glasses were continuously topped up for us before they were empty – this is one of my pet peeves, as it means you can not monitor how much you are actually drinking. I am glad we tried it, from a veggie perspective, I wouldn’t bother going back.