Near the central heart of Invercargill, sits Lone Star. Warning, if you are not hungry, don’t venture in. Based on an outback, western style, this restaurant is about giving you the hearty country experience.
Service here is exactly what you expect from this style, friendly, sufficient and surprisingly quick. Drinks were ordered and arrived within a few minutes, prior to ordering the meals. In the meantime you soak up the atmosphere, roughly rendered ceilings, walls, hewn wooden beams, and rocket sauce on the tables.
One starts to become a little apprehensive as you watch the other meals going out to the tables. I’m talking way past large, they are extreme! Hubby’s choice was the Kiwi Joker pictured below. A massive piece of steak resting upon a bed of buffalo chips, coleslaw, mushrooms and topped with a couple of fried eggs. Note buffalo chips to me, resemble roast potatoes, they are not small. The steak was so deliciously tender, it really did almost melt in the mouth. Even hubby could not extend the area of his stomach enough to cope with the full serving of this meal, although this was not due to the lack of trying 😄. The photo does not do the size of this meal justice!
I myself opted for the Rock the Boat fresh fish meal. This was beautifully fresh fish, resting atop mashed potatoes and an extremely delicious coleslaw. Once again, this was a melt in the mouth meal. Luckily, I did choose the smaller version, which was more than enough to try and finish. There was no way I could would have made much of a hole in the large version of the meal. Our helpful waitstaff did point out that the size of the meals had been reduced as they used to be even bigger….wow! We were left wondering what they used to be like!