Kingsland now has new owners. Great improvements!
Posted on 05 / 13 / 2010
Kingsland has now changed owners and the benefits are already obvious!
On entry, the fresh new look is immediately evident, with the old carpets replaced by sparkling clean tiles, walls painted in subtle tones, and decor simplified and updated. A much more contemporary and hygienic theme is the first notable difference.
Service is the second obvious benefit with new owners - current staff are courteous and quick to offer friendly service. Green tea was poured before we had even seen the menus, and was of no charge (including refills throughout the evening).
Whilst the menu choices have not changed, two positive points must be made:
1) Prices have been dramatically reduced on all counts, main meals and entrees! Further discounts apply on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with reductions of additional to 20% total bill. This is very good news and encourages hungry diners to experiment with new dishes, knowing the total bill will still be very affordable.
2) Dishes are still accurate to menu descriptions but have been modified to be healthier, fresher and tastier than before! Gone is the too-salty and intense flavours of the previous menu set. Replaced by ripe tasty side salads/garnishes, generous servings of sauces/condiments for entrees, and well balanced main meals with plenty of unique flavours for each dish.
Dishes came out of the kitchen quickly, and nice and hot, with fried goods showing the signs of good clean oil and correct frying temperatures. No soggy oily dishes to be found here! Just crispy, light textures. The spring rolls were a very pleasant surprise in this regard.
It will be interesting to observe the changes in the dishes over the coming months (hopefully years) to see if the chefs develop more of their own style under this new management, and update the menus to reflect their own specialty dishes.
With the recent closure of the southside Tuggeranong 'Vegetarian House' restaurant, the fresh approach of the new "Kingsland" restaurant comes with perfect timing to help boost Canberra's very small Vegetarian Restaurant scene.
Fresh and clean atmosphere, Great prices, New flavours
Needs more vegetables in fried dishes, No ambient music