Situated on the upper floor of the Oxford On Avon the Riverview Restaurant can seat up to 200. Overlooking the Avon River and Victoria Square it offers great dining with exceptional views of the city.
Offering over 70 dishes to tempt you. There is something here for everyone. From traditional Kiwi fare, through to more adventurous Asian and Indian styles. The Riverview's relaxed surroundings and great food all make for a memorable dining experience.
Buffet Lunch from $14.90, Buffet Dinner from $22.50
I liked the sound of this restaurant, $22.50 for a full buffet, including all courses, but excluding drinks.
The staff seemed friendly enough, and there was no immediately offputting smell when I walked in the door, but no surprise there.
I got assigned my table, with my partner, and then we went up to get our drinks. Not once from this point on, did I get a smile, or even a cursory glance.
After paying a whopping $13 for a vodka and Redbull, I went to get my first taste of food. A nice piece of tasty looking meat pie, that looked somewhat like a piece of Shepherds pie, that my grandmother makes.
Two bites into this meaty wonder, I felt an unexpected crunch. Removing the offending piece of Chicken Bone, A one off, I assumed. A simple human error, surely.
Then two bones, and three pieces of chicken skin later, I could do nothing more, than put down my fork, and I decided to let the waitress know, so the offending dish could be removed. However, it seemed the waitress seemed more interested in ensuring she kept a blank expression to me, rolling her eyes, spotted by my partner, as soon as her back was turned to me. Not offerring any form of apology at all.
This shocked me. After working in customer service for the last four years, the least I expected was a "Sorry about that, I'll let the cook know".
I could not bring myself to touch even one more thing from this place, and with a crook tummy the next day, vowed never to come back.
Random listing from 'Food'...
A semi-soft cheese with a memorably sweet, nutty flavour and beautiful 'eyes'.
Crafted as 10kg waxed wheels and then aged on white pine shelves until mature enough to leave home.
Age: 3-6 months
Food Match: Gherkins, Sourdough, Ham
Wine Match: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris
Best for: Croque Monsieur, Maasdam floaters (soup topper), Quiche, Table cheese
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