The Corner Post Bar and Dining room in the small town of Howick was my latest port of call during my travels in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and, for the most part, I was rather disappointed with my findings. There has been a restaurant at the Corner Post since 1997 so it’s an established part of Howick, but it experienced a change of ownership in August 2008 and has since been extensively renovated.
Owners Adam and Katie Robinson state that there passion is to provide great food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at an affordable price, so I was keen to sample some of the cuisine on offer. After carefully scrolling through the menu, I decided to order the potato pancake with smoked salmon and chives while my friend Curran opted for the homemade tagliatelle with oyster mushrooms, parsley and garlic.
Curran’s girlfriend, Ruth, decided that ordering from the lunch menu wasn’t for her, preferring to take her pick from the simple yet tempting offerings on the bar menu. It didn’t take her long to make her choice – a generous portion of barbeque chicken wings (R15) and a Greek salad (R25).
The same couldn’t be said however, of the helpings Curran and I received – they were miniscule and although my potato pancake was delicious, (the smoked salmon seemingly melting in my mouth) I felt cheated by the tiny portion. At R55, the pancake didn’t equate to value for money at all, and it was much the same story with the tagliatelle, which, at R40, was grossly overpriced.
Although Ruth was more than satisfied with her wings and salad (the only meal on the table that represented value for money), she was rather unhappy to discover that dressing had been applied to her salad before she even had the opportunity to sample it. Surely a customer should be given the opportunity to add their own dressing (a bottle was available on the table) to the degree they feel suits them rather than having it applied beforehand?
By now, you are most probably making plans to avoid this establishment at all costs but before you do let me share some positives. The service we received was good and despite the expensive lunch menu, the Corner Post does have a great looking bar menu with a R60 special available every lunchtime.
So if you are just looking to pop in for a quick bite and a drink the Corner Post may well be the perfect place for you. Just remember to skip the lunch menu and ask for the bar menu instead, that way you aren’t likely to be disappointed.
Address & Contact details:
Telephone: +27 (0)33 330 7636
Address: 124 Main Street, Howick, KwaZulu Natal