We were on our way from Abel Tasman to Kaikoura, and had read some good reviews in our guide, so we decided to stop there for a quick lunch with a glass of wine. Indeed, the food was fine and the atmosphere quite nice.
We arrived there around 1pm, on the day after Boxing Day. Maybe that's the reason why there was not enough staff (oddly enough, it seems there were 2 people in the room next door selling wine bottles that were basically doing nothing and that could probably have helped out in the restaurant) . The 2 ladies handling the service for the whole restaurant (including cashing in the checks) were running non-stop to wait the tables, but it was apparently not enough as it took a very long time to get the "plat du jour" (we were given a heads up, though, but did hope it would get better as already some people were leaving). But indeed, it took a very long time (didn't check my watch, but probably close to 40 m)... Food was simple but good, wine too, price reasonable (about 20 dollars / dish) but when we asked for some desert we were told that it would take another 40 mn (to get the single choice they offer, really?) so we had to give up and leave with a half full stomach (and a cup of coffee, but no espresso).
All in all, not a bad experience, but not up to our expectations. I would recommend you only go there if you're ready to spend a lot of time, and in that case try to arrive early so that you can sit outdoor and enjoy the scenery.
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