Restaurants: Arc of Iris, Margaret River, WA

Everyone, well, two people… Everyone recommended this restaurant in Margaret River, the Arc of Iris.


It has a bar on one side and a ‘fine dining’ option on the other.  I made a reservation through their website and showed up bang on time.  The first thing I noticed was that there were a lot of flies near the seat I was offered – look, this isn’t unusual when it’s so hot outside, but I wonder what everyone else does – maybe one of those ‘ZZZZT’ machines?!


The menu was pretty worn out looking and my server was nice, but dashing around frantically getting everyone seated.  I’d already seen some of the menu online and fancied a bigger meal, having had only some little tapas at the excellent Morries at an early lunch the same day.


I was going for that beef tenderloin with dauphinoise. Yum.


Again, I wanted to try a local red – a proper glass this time – and the waitress kindly let me try two of the options in taster format so that I could select one.


Things did start to fill up pretty rapidly after I took this shot – there was even live music!


I’m happy to be out (like, I’m never in!)


I selected a cabernet sauvignon from Margaret River – a lighter twist on the genre and one glass was just the perfect amount.


When dinner showed up it LOOKED amazing, but those potatoes were utterly undercooked – soapy and it wasn’t possible to slice through them easily.  I had to send the dish back.  As I was early in the service, I reckoned that all of the dauphinoise would be the same so asked for any starch that was ready or easy to prepare.  They returned (replated) with wedges, which was fine.  That pepper sauce had ONE pepper in it and was washy – not good enough for the considerable price of the dish.


Yes, the menus need to be re-printed. I mean, I’m in favour of saving trees, but also in favour of clean menus.


I won’t be recommending this place to anyone – the steak itself was good, let me call that out and cooked to my liking, but there was enough of a lack of attention to details to knock this place off the perch of its local reputation.



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