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Ginger and Garlic Restaurant

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European, New Zealand
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335 Stafford St, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 3-688 3981
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions
Description: Timaru's premiere dining destination.
With stunning views over Caroline Bay...
Timaru's premiere dining destination.
With stunning views over Caroline Bay and the Timaru port. Join Ginger and Garlic for the finest example of local produce accompanied by South Canterbury's largest selection of wines, cocktails and liqueurs.
Treat yourself, you deserve it.
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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Trust the chef, what a fantastic idea!

As soon as I walked into the restaurant Jason, the owner, was at the door welcoming me and taking me to my seat. It's hard to find service that is this satisfactory anywhere else. The meal I had consisted of five delicious courses and I even got a few complimentary things as well. Over all I'd say... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
BenDalloway1999
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As soon as I walked into the restaurant Jason, the owner, was at the door welcoming me and taking me to my seat. It's hard to find service that is this satisfactory anywhere else. The meal I had consisted of five delicious courses and I even got a few complimentary things as well. Over all I'd say this is the... More 

Helpful?
Thank BenDalloway1999
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. The "Trust the Chef" tasting menu is still our most popular option. You get to try awesome specialty items as well as some of our most popular dishes. More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely time. We had pre-advised our daughter was vegan gluten-free and we were impressed that they had three choices for main and a nice for dessert for her. Enjoyed the breads. All six mains - duck, pork belly, lamb, vegan rice risotto, salmon were all excellent. The nicose salad with the salmon wasn't my favourite match as... More 

Helpful?
Thank racheldg2016
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. The fruit soup with deep fried ice cream is awesome. I can't wait to have your wonderful family join us again soon More 

Perth, Australia
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the first time I've said that, but this place was really really good. The food was by far the best we had in a two week holiday in NZ, cooked to perfection with lots of clever nice generous touches. We're still drooling, a couple of hours later. One of the best half dozen meals we've had in our (longish)... More 

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Thank DMYorke
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much, you were a great table to chat with. I hope you have an amazing trip around NZ with plenty of delicious food. More 

Mystic, Connecticut
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We are traveling in New Zealand for four months. Timaru isn't an exciting town to visit but Ginger and Garlic restaurant certainly was well worth the trip. Although we came at lunch, one of us had the trio lunch special with blue cod and loved it....cooked perfectly! The other of us, a vegetarian, chose from the dinner menu and had... More 

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1 Thank Avalonavalon
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for joining us. I hope you have an amazing trip around NZ More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

I once again was lucky enough to have the 9 course degustation with accompanying wines at Ginger and Garlic for New Years. Such a wonderful experience. They never fail to disappoint. Amazing food. Amazing wine. Amazing friendly and attentive staff.

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Thank Rachel J
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much, New Year's Eve is such an awesome party. I'm so glad you had fun More 

Australian
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We went on a Tuesday night just before Christmas, passing through Timaru. It was quiet but the food was really excellent. I had the seafood dish and my husband had the sous vide steak. Both were good, the steak was exceptional. Very family friendly; they have a very good kid's menu. We tried the crumble of the day from the... More 

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Thank BentonHarper
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Awesome review, thank you so much for the kind words. More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We went here last night for my husbands work dinner, from the moment we walked in the service and the atmosphere was great. The food was excellent, the portion size was perfect!! Staff were friendly and helpful, it was quiet, easy to talk to each other.

Helpful?
Thank Pauline Y
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much, it is such a crazy time of year and the team are all working silly hours. Reviews like this show us it's worth it More 

Ashburton, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I went along as part of a group and didn't know what to expect. This restaurant has great food and great service. If you are looking for somewhere special to go for a night out then this is the place to go to. I didn't try the 'trust the chef' but hope to come back and give it a go... More 

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Thank Catherine K
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much, it's a crazy time of year for us and the kitchen team are doing an awesome job. (And some ridiculous hours) I'm so glad you had a great night. More 

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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We went for a birthday celebration and were given a romantic spot which overlooked Caroline Bay. We opted for the chef's choice and were served 5 delicious courses, all of which were elegantly put together and very tasty. The dessert was presented with a candle to recognise the birthday celebration which was a very nice touch.

Helpful?
Thank WomblingKiwis
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you had a great birthday. Our "trust the chef" menu is always our most popular and definitely my favourite. More 

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Visited here after reading reviews and speaking with locals. Nice wine selection and very attentive service. I had the roasted lamb and I have to say, it was the best on our vacation. I've tried many other restaurants all over the south island and many were much more expensive but the lamb here was exquisite. Seasoned, roasted and the most... More 

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Thank zek7717
A7079BPjasonc, Owner at Ginger and Garlic Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we love our sous vide Merino with mint and pistachio. I'm so glad you love it too! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 335 Stafford St, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Timaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-688 3981

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 27
  • Cuisine: European, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions

Description

Timaru's premiere dining destination.
With stunning views over Caroline Bay and the Timaru port. Join Ginger and Garlic for the finest example of local produce accompanied by South Canterbury's largest selection of wines, cocktails and liqueurs.
Treat yourself, you deserve it.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?