The Cyclorama, part of the Hilli Restaurant complex is a wrought. Overpriced and underwhelming, the painting along the curved walls that is the Cyclorama endeavours to tell the Pitcairn’s story and how they came to be on Norfolk Island. I heard one visitor exclaim that it is the best exhibition she’s ever seen. Perhaps this is the first time she has left her house? Back in the balmy Norfolk Island air, we sit under oversized umbrellas, enjoying the shady courtyard, while others sit inside or out on the timber deck. My scone, jam and cream arrive looking like an artistic masterpiece. Who said a flower here, a sprig of mint leaves there, a strategically placed sliced banana, and a sprinkle of icing sugar doesn’t make a pretty picture? You can’t fault the presentation; it warrants some time for ogling the food rather than eating it. But eat I do. The good-sized scone is slightly crispy and freshly baked. There’s oodles of thickly whipped cream and more than enough jam that is far superior than the average supermarket quality jam. Be sure to wander through the Queen Victoria Gardens and peruse the art in the adjoining gallery. For a more informative interpretation of Norfolk Island history, head down to Kingston, buy a four- museum pass, and explore.
Tea: A basic variety of Dilmah teabags served in a teapot.
Overall: Popular cafe with attractions to pull in the thin Norfolk Island crowds.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Ave, 2899 Ph: +6723 24270 hillirestaurant.com
Reviewed in December, 2016