We were recommended to try this restaurant by the hotel we were staying in and so decided to check it out late afternoon with a view to dining there in the evening. Were told they were fully booked but could try later to see if they could fit us in. We called in at 7pm and sure enough were given a nice booth type table - our luck was in. I started with the Stewart Island oysters (3 for 24 NZ dollars). These were the biggest oysters I've ever tried and were delicious - plump, juicy and tasting of the sea.
One main was rib-eye steak, which was a quality cut, cooked well (perhaps a little too much fat but that might be nit-picky). Croquettes with a bone marrow centre were a novel accompaniment and these too were delicious.
The other main was fish of the day. I have to admit to being disappointed here - a freshly caught fish from the sea nearby, simply cooked is unbeatable in my view. Here the dish was far too over-complicated and the fish was almost an after thought, hidden amongst a variety of accompaniments. What 2 hard boiled eggs are doing on this plate I do not know.
Overall this is a good restaurant, the staff and service were both excellent but the menu seemed somewhat restricted. So for us on this visit, it is fair to say, the experience did not truly meet our expectations.
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