The Teak Room Restaurant is an interesting space. It’s definitely much-loved by the members, and the menu is one of the longest of any restaurant. The title page promises that “there is sure to be a dish to satisfy your appetite” and this is a premise we agree with. From the Asian noodle dishes, Malaysian satays, must-have steaks and club sandwiches right through to delicious cheese cakes and fruit platters, this restaurant certainly covers it all.
The opening hours are from 10am-4am giving you plenty of time to enjoy the offering. Menu pricing starts at around $17-$20 for basic mains and works its way up to the average of $25-$40 and beyond. If you can get to the restaurant you are entitled to complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, however if you want alcohol you will have to pay for it (as part of same decision as with the Mahogany Room restaurant). It’s very common to see patrons bypassing this by getting wine and such from the nearby bar and bringing it to their tables. In our opinion it really detracts from the service and value of the restaurant when patrons have to self-serve their own beverages.
We really like the space termed ‘outside’ in this restaurant. It’s a nice room with living walls. During days of good weather, the windows can be opened, but rather than a view of the river, you get to enjoy the Whiteman Streetscape. The furnishings are very nice with mosaic tables and stylish chairs. The part inside feels a little bit more like an afterthought- it seems to have possibly been an expansion on outside. The chairs and furnishings seem more standard, and the restaurant extends into the Teak Room lounge. We’d have expected the two to be separate identities. Inside, things also get a bit congested with lots of tables in a small space, really distinguishing it from the Mahogany Room restaurant.
The food is always excellent and a testament to the high standard of chefs at Crown. It’s perfectly cooked and always delivered in a timely fashion. The staff are really good, but seem to buckle when things get busy. On a few occasions we’ve waited for a long time for beverages and multiple requests have been ignored. Also, we’ve seen coffees sit on the pass for a considerable time to only get cold and have to be remade. Drinks that are complimentary all count towards your daily limit- an weird setup that nobody seems to be able to explain, but the bottom line is that your card has to be swiped with each drinks order.
We enjoy the Teak Room restaurant- it gets the basics right. However, there is a real contrast between the slightly crowded and mixed with lounge inside and the comfortable and elegant outdoor space which gives the impression that building an identity for the restaurant still needs work. Also, Crown needs to put more staff on during the busy times as the wait staff, while all brilliant at customer service, appear under the pump.
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