Considering the population of Turangi and surrounding area we were surprised to find a restaurant of the quality offered during two visits to Rivers. The menu offerings are original and the presentation excellent. This is topped off with the delicious taste. We tried the vineyards Pinot Noir and enjoyed it very much, particularly with the venison dish. The second visit was for lunch and while the menu was somewhat less interesting there was a reasonable selection.
There are three reasons why I am only giving Rivers a 'very good' rating:
1. Service was VERY slow during both visits and this appears to correlate directly with a lack if staff. During both visits we saw two in the kitchen and a pleasant young lady with more jobs to do than any single person should take on at a restaurant of this quality. Among her many assignments we observed were reservationist, hostess, waitress, bus girl, bar tender, cashier AND in between she spent time in the kitchen where we could see she was assisting in the meal prep!
2. The fettuccine dish was served with far too much oil and lacked in character and taste.
3. While the menu is not extensive we were surprised to find that two different items were unavailable at both the dinner and lunch. Maybe with all of the tasks the young lady has been assigned there simply is not time to manage inventory as well!
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