It’s not easy to take on reinventing an old favourite. Especially when it comes to food. But at Hotel Centennial, another Merivale outpost, executive chef Ben Greeno and Danielle Alvarez of sister restaurant Fred's are rolling with the punches.
Expect the classic and well-known flatbreads, with slightly reworked toppings, plus classic pasta dishes and simple salads. There's also lots of seafood: woodfired-oven squid with aioli and cherry tomatoes; clams, fennel, chilli, roast bread and rouille; and grilled flounder with seaweed salsa verde. Heavier options include whole-roasted chicken and Rangers Valley cote de boeuf. And if you’ve still got room for dessert, there’s a spin on the pub’s signature Centennial waffles served with banana-caramel sauce and whipped cream.
With custom-made furniture and a beautiful collection of contemporary photography, Hotel Centennial is the kind of place to spend time enjoying good food and good company.