“Stunning Food. Stunning Surroundings.”
Where to start ? I was staying in the adjacent hotel, The Art Deco Masonic. I arrived travel weary and had had a problem on checking in, I needed a good meal and some decent wine...
I saw a steak & fries offer for $30 and took it, hoping the chef would be willing to cook it as blue as possible, I wasn't to be disappointed, my plate was a work of art in its presentation, the bluest of all blue steaks was topped with crispy tobacco onions and some very tasty fries and all washed down with an amazing 2011 Hawkes Bay Gimblett as recommended by a wonderful Scottish waitress (from Shetland).
The following night I ordered the fish & chips, again, beautiful presentation and this time I was recommended a Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, equally as delicious.
On both nights I finished my meals with a cheese board of local kiwi cheeses... what a work of art (picture attached) worth having this alone with one of their many decent wines !
If you are staying in the Masonic Hotel, I can also thoroughly recommend the breakfast at the Emporium. A good choice of English breakfast with locally produced bacon and sausages (the mushrooms were delicious), a good choice of cereals with a daily fruit yogurt and cut fruit always on offer and a further choice of delicious pastries with some really good coffee.
I can't wait to eat there again in 2014 !
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September 3, 2013
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Thank you for your wonderful & detailed review, we really appreciate it when people take the time to say positive things about Emporium.
Leigh (Scottish waitress) was thrilled to read this review she commented that you were a pleasure to look after and it was lovely talking with you.
Hotel reception also enjoyed assisting you.
We hope to see you in 2014 and im sure your stay will be even more memorable.
Kind Regards Shaye Bird, Manager Emporium Eatery & Bar.
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