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“60th Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elegance at 148 on Elles

Elegance at 148 on Elles
148 Elles Rd, Invercargill 9501, New Zealand
(03) 216 1000
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Ranked #2 of 63 Restaurants in Invercargill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Invercargill, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“60th Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Celebrated a 60th Birthday here with family, the meal was superb along with the service - highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Above Expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

For the food alone I would give Elegance 5/5. I odered blue beef fillet and it tasted deep, of herbs and grandma's slow cooking, though served very promptly. I enjoyed the side dish as well and the serving size was just right, neither the microscopic sample some fancy Kiwi resraurants place in the middle of the wheel-sized plate, nor the abubdand and greasy splash of cholesterol some 'popular' eateries offer in New Zealand. Yet the setting is average and the price is above. I must admit I am the only patron here when I wrtie this review. Perhaps I'll come again with company, have a few wines and find plenty of reasons to offer more than four stars.

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Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Very very good, pricey but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

lovely old building with upstairs restuarant, excellant service from great (and pretty) service staff. Everything well explained and they are very helpful.

Meal was excellant and to very high standard indeed. Top end of prices but worth it for high standard. Plenty of people in there on a very cold Wed night in Invercargill so must be well thought of locally!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“beautiful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

we had a wonderful night the food was beautiful the service was wonderful the whole place was lovely clean and the staff were lovely the price was good geat night

  • Visited June 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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Phoenix
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very quickly you realize this restaurant's goal is to provide you with the best overall dining experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife and I live in Phoenix, AZ. We are in New Zealand visiting long-time, very special friends who live near Invercargill. Even though Heather, our hostess, is a very accomplished cook, our friends wanted us to experience the quality of dining out in NZ; so that has afforded us with the opportunity to dine at a variety of restaurants between Invercargill and Christchurch during our six-week stay here. Our friends chose to take us to "Elegance at 148 on Elles" for a surprise birthday party for my wife. From the moment we walked in the restaurant to when we left 3 hours later this dining experience was truly unforgettable.

The Chefs wife (Sonya) was expecting us and greeted us as soon as we walked in. We started the evening with a bottle of NZ wine in the lounge in front of a wood burning fireplace. Then we moved to our dining table to find a personalized, custom made birthday card for my wife. Sonya's husband (Alan) is the Chef, and they own and operate the establishment together. Their home sits behind the restaurant (a completely restored historic building) with their own garden that supplies the restaurant with fresh vegetables and herbs.

All four of us ordered a different selection from the menu, along with oysters for an appetizer. The presentation of every plate of food served to us said you've got to take a picture of this. Every food item on every plate (meat, fish, mash potato, vegetable, sauces, dessert) was top quality, fresh, and cooked perfectly. The food just melted in your mouth and the flavours lighted up your taste buds. The variety of ice creams that accompanied the desserts were home made, and the desserts were mostly made to order. The birthday girl's dessert was served with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate. No matter what you might be allergic to, Alan is happy to alter the dish to meet your needs. My wife is allergic to gluten so her dessert was substituted with alternate ingredients.

Sonya spoiled us the entire evening, and Alan tries to make it a point to leave the kitchen to talk to every customer after they have finished their dinners. He is so funny that he could be a stand-up comedian. Our friends also took us to Trip Advisors #1 & #3 rated restaurants in Invercargill; they were very good and worthy of returning but in our opinion we would rank them below Elegance at 148 on Elles for service, quality, and overall experience. Also, we would describe the cost (at least for Invercargill) as 4$ quality for a 3$ price. Needless to say, we returned here one more time before having to leave NZ, and the experience was just as memorable.

Thank you Sonya and Alan for providing an incredible, memorable experience. Best wishes for much success going forward. Ted & Joanne Miles, Phoenix, Az

  • Visited June 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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