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“Short-Changed if you are Gluten Intolerant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hans Herzog Estate

Hans Herzog Estate
81 Jeffries Road, Blenheim 7301, New Zealand
+64 3-572 8770
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Ranked #9 of 87 Restaurants in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $94
Cuisines: International, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
“Short-Changed if you are Gluten Intolerant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Undoubtedly Hans Herzog restaurant is a lovely setting and much (thought not all) of the food is of a high standard. However, our recent Christmas Day treat was spoiled by a totally thoughtless response by the restaurant to one of our party advising them (3 weeks in advance) that she was gluten intolerant. No alternative bread; the gluten-free alternative to the breaded prawn was an empty space on the plate. Mirrored to a large extent by the lack of anything to go with the cheese plate (not even the ubiquitous New Zealand rice cracker). If you then add in the fact that some of the portion sizes are insanely small (two types of - admittedly excellent - venison consisted of 5 bites of one style and only 2 bites of another) at least one of our party went home feeling hungry and cheated.

At nearly NZ$500 for two (including the wine pairings of quite good, but not exceptional Marlborough wine - with somewhat marginal 100ml servings at times) I find it hard to recommend eating here. Their laudable desire to aspire to the top echelons of culinary quality seems to be at the expense of basic customer service.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bergerac, France
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616 reviews 616 reviews
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355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
“Probably one of the best restaurants in NZ.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Beautifully presented food;- each plate a work of art. And, generally delicious as well. Had the degustation menu with wines to match- the matchings worked very well with both wine and food enhancing each other generally... Started with 6 tiny "amuses bouches" - each one was delicious... really superb... Then 7 courses; - two meat; three fish/seafood, 1 cheese and 1 dessert.Chef clearly has real strength in fish/seafood generally - all these dishes were imaginative and delicious. Was less wowed by the two meat dishes... the interpretation of vitello tonnato (veal with tuna) was not as good as the "original" - the veal was too chewy and the deconstructed version didn't have the same taste/flavour profile. The venison was lovely but the strange green flannel like parsley pancake was not so good...
Excellent service. Wines very good.
Overall this is an excellent restaurant which would likely be 2* Michelin if Michelin were in NZ! Giving the chef the benefit of the doubt in the meats category - the rest was really good....

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“FABULOUS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary in style with the help of Herzog restaurant. We started with some delectable treats from the kitchen then had the seven course meal with two amazing Herzog wines. It was a taste sensation to say the least, we couldn't have asked for more. It was so worth the money we paid. The staff were friendly and attentive and knew all about the menu which was explained to us every step of the way. My husband and I would like to thank The Herzog team for such an memorial night.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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“PERFECT DINNER”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Charcuterie board, Provençal lamb and affogato washed down with sparkling rose and Pinot noir - lovely flavours, beautifully cooked, fine dining in the bistro.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Top class in an amazing setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Wwnt for a pre Xmas treat for dinner ...sat in the garden...perfectly still warm night...had the set course menu - good value for $49 and they swapped the main out for me at no additional cost. Salmon appetizer, then lamb dish and amazing coffee panacotta dessert.
Always a top class experience...If it is nice enough to sit outside ..do it!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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