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“Nothing special except the view.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Apple Shed Cafe & Bar

The Apple Shed Cafe & Bar
The Wharf, Nelson 7005, New Zealand
+64 3-540 3381
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Ranked #18 of 131 Restaurants in Nelson
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Minnesota
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“Nothing special except the view.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Service was fine as there were only 2 other tables to wait on.
The tomato soup was brilliant as were the scallops on mashed corn but our mains were a huge disappointment. I had spinach and ricotta cannelloni which was tasteless . The tomato sauce was tasteless which I can't understand as the tomato soup was yummy. The pasta was not el dente but rather over cooked. My husband had the market fish, grilled and also tasteless. The saving grace with his main was that it was over risotto that was decent. The food was such a disappointment that we didn't risk ordering dessert but rather went to the local Four Square for cookies!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“$150 down the drain”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Slow and poor service, bland/plain over priced food, would not go back there in a hurry very very disappointed!!!! Left hungry and very unsatisfied

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“We Are Locals and We Love It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We have eaten here many times in the previous incarnation of this restaurant, which was the Smokehouse.

This was our first visit since it became the Apple Shed under new management.

My wife had the seared tuna and I had the beef fillet with pepper smoked mushrooms and potato stack. I also had a side salad with roasted walnuts.

These meals were excellent and I would order exactly the same next time.

We had a choice of eating inside or outside, and because it was such a lovely evening we chose outside but even in winter outside is great as its covered on three sides.

Service is quick and efficient and even though the place was packed and we waited a while for our meals, we didnt go thirsty and enjoyed choosing from a comprehensive drinks list featuring local beers and wines.

Whether inside or out the views of the Mapua estuary are delightful and this is best summed up as great food in a great setting. How could you go wrong?

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“Christmas Eve dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

We ate here the day before Christmas and had a great meal.

Green lipped mussels in a Thai style coriander and coconut cream. It was really yummy.
Followed by Silver Warahou fish on a lemony risotto. Great wine.

Very efficiently run, friendly place they made us feel very comfortable and our best meal in NZ so far.

Shame we have left the area and cannot go back.

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“Great casual lunch by the water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

On a short scenic drive out from Nelson, we found ourselves at The Apple Shed for a light lunch overlooking the water. Located on the Mapua Wharf, in a bit of a precinct of shops and cafes, the restaurant offers a great, casual lunch menu.

The wait staff were extremely friendly and attentive, despite the rather large number of people who were also there for lunch.

The menu is quite large, with seafood being the prominent feature. I had the lightly smoked salmon on the bed of smashed potato, peas and herbs with a lemon creme fraiche, whilst the other members of my family both had the scallops on sweetcorn puree. Both meals were fantastic, and just the right size for lunch!

I decided to finish off with the lemon possett with passionfruit sorbet, which was perfectly balanced and delicious.

If you're in this part of the world, I'd definitely recommend giving The Apple Shed a visit, you won't regret it!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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