For almost four years my wife and I have been promising ourselves that "one day" we'll go and have lunch at the Ascension Vineyard between Warkworth and Matakana.
This past Sunday, we finally got to keep our promise to ourselves.
Unfortunately, we have to admit that it turned out to be one of those letdown experiences, and we felt like we didn't miss anything really for the past four years. We will definitely also not go back...
The grounds are neat, the garden beautiful, the restaurant clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. But that's not why you go to a restaurant, right? Surely not. You go for the food.
My wife chose to eat a selection from the cabinets... and found that the selection was actually relatively small. Basically, it's just cheese and salami, with the odd choice of salad. I gave it one look and decided that I wanted "real" food. But since they don't offer any "real" meals, my choice was also very limited... so I opted for a pie and fries.
The pie was delicious, and the chips very fresh (but they put oo much salt on it --- without first enquiring whether I even wanted salt at all...)
And for all this little choice, the price was (in my opinion) very high. I could get a bigger pie and more chips for less, and that I would not even have to drive 50-odd kilometers for it...
In summary, nice environment and friendly people, but very expensive food, and a very small choice of it.
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