We came to Astro twice in a weekend. Once just for late drinks, then again the next day for dinner. The mostly outdoor environment reminds me of the old High St cafes, or Cuba St for you Wellington folk. Rustic, eclectic and interesting.
We arrived and placed our order at the bar and found a table. There's quite a few tables here, with a mix of diners and drinkers.
Our food arrived in reasonable time. I had ordered the fish & chips which was some very nice fish and a huge pile of chips, with token salad. A companion had ordered the Pigs in Space (wrap) which she was quite enjoying until she found a short black hair mixed in her salad. She popped it on a side plate and took it to the kitchen to show the chef, and got a 'sorry' and was sent on her way. Not quite the way we expected that to be handled. When the waitress was clearing plates we brought it up with her again, and she said she would consult with the chef. Well, that was the last service we saw for the evening. I have no idea what the chef said to the waitress, but it must have been to dismiss us. So, feeling unloved, unappreciated and unwanted, we left.
While I would return for a beer or two, there is no way I will eat from here again. The food was good, but their lack of handling about hygiene issues makes me concerned and so I'll just avoid their food from now on.
We hadn't been to the Astro Lounge for a while but needed somewhere cool for lunch on a hot day. We ordered some plates to share, calamari, potato skins and bean dip with corn chips. The bean dip was really nice but we ran out of chips before the dip was finished. The skins and calamari were a bit of a let down. I'd had the calamari salad before and was very disappointed to see a plate consisting entirely of tentacles, no rings or strips. The tentacles were as tough as old boots and practically inedible. Such a shame as the dip was tasty. The skins were really overcooked but edible.
I gave the waiter feedback when he asked if the food was okay and said he'd pass the comments about the calamari back to the chef. When we went to pay, he didn't charge us for the calamari which was fine by me.
The outdoor setting could be so much better if it had a bit of a clean up. It's a quirky environment but there were a few areas that seemed to be a dumping ground. Otherwise its a good place to keep cool on a Summer day (or night).