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“Tranquility dining”
Review of Leaves & Fishes

Leaves & Fishes
Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Lovedale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $69
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Leaves & Fishes offers a fresh, smart and simple approach to dining in the Hunter Valley. A range of Asian-fusion and Australian meals are complimented by a Hunter-focused wine list. A Lovedale favourite for more than 14 years, Leaves & Fishes is a must-visit on your next trip!
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Visited for dinner during the Easter break and the food and service was lovely. The setting is unique and tranquil in that it is set on a property amongst a man made lake with water running down the sides of the roof so you can hear the fall of rain drops. The mood and atmosphere is relaxing and romantic at night.

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Thank Cynthia N
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LeavesandFishes, Manager at Leaves & Fishes, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

We are happy that you and your partner were able to enjoy a romantic evening with us on the last long weekend. When you need time off to relax and unwind on a weekend, it's nice to know that you can have this experience at Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant. We hope that you can have an equally enjoyable experience on your next visit to Hunter Wine Country.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Went to Leaves and Fishes on Satruday for lunch. We were mid wine tour and arrived at the restaurant at just before 1PM and had planned a 90 minute window for a relaxing lunch. Our order was taken promptly however our first course took about 40 minutes to arrive and then we waited another 40 minutes after they took our first course plates away to get our main. It was just way too long. Also the service in general was poor. The first waitress came to take our order - we had 1 simple question about an item on the menu and she said "oh sorry I don't know much about the menu let me get someone else"?? We also had to ask mulitple times for items (ex. can we please have a side of tomato sauce - I eventyally had to go up to the front and get it myself). It was a shame the service was lacking as the food was good. The woman who was running the place (possibly the owner) was very nice and was the most attentive of the staff, unforutnately she is only 1 person...

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Thank prana211
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LeavesandFishes, Manager at Leaves & Fishes, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. As such, we have an understanding with wine tour operators that our restaurant is not the best location for lunch during a busy wine-touring schedule. I am sorry that you were misinformed in this regard. Knowing that you were committed to a schedule, I can appreciate that you would have been disappointed not to have been able to enjoy Leaves & Fishes at a slower pace.

Similarly, I can appreciate that due to time restrictions which may have been not of your own making, you may not have been in the mood to entertain some of our new waitstaff. All staff need to the opportunity to learn and we are pleased that our staff were honest and sought advice of senior staff. As you enjoyed the food, which we are pleased to hear, I do warmly invite you back to Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant sans bus group so that you might enjoy your experience more fully.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Wonderful food, wonderful wine to match. Our meals could not have been faulted. Service was very friendly, informative and knowlegable about the produce (all sourced locally). The atmosphere was very relaxed but classy! Not over-crowded either which makes for a nice change from crammed in city restaurants. Would thoroughly recommend Leaves and Fishes to anyone and everyone! Can' wait for a return visit.

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Thank JAM2501
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LeavesandFishes, Manager at Leaves & Fishes, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

We cannot wait for your return either! We're very happy that you enjoyed the ambience that we strive hard to create at Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant. In Spring we will review our menu and wine list to showcase more of the local produce and don't forget you can pick up many of the sauces and preserves from the restaurant to take home with you. We look forward to seeing you at Leaves & Fishes again soon.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We had lunch at Leaves & Fishes yesterday, Saturday, it was lovely, the staff friendly, the owner had a great personality and made us feel very welcome. We could not fault it in any way, we will be back soon that is for sure.

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Thank AinsleyW973
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LeavesandFishes, Manager at Leaves & Fishes, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

We cannot wait for your return to Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant either! We work hard to ensure that we have good seasonal produce from our local providers that make all the difference in the meals we prepare. Likewise, our wine list only features those wines grown and made here in the Hunter to give you the authentic Hunter Wine Country experience. We look forward to your next visit to Leaves & Fishes as much as the first.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

A glowing ambience created by friendly and knowledgable waitstaff as well as kind words and gestures from the owner.

The boathouse style ornamentation and the fishpond create a relaxed setting for a deliciously long lunch. The cuisine can best be described as fresh, with complex flavours that leave you highly satisfied.

It was not our first visit to Leaves and Fishes nor will it be our last!

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2  Thank Amy-Hayden
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LeavesandFishes, Manager at Leaves & Fishes, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Our menu changed around the time of your dining with us and we're excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We agree that our menu contains dishes with fresh, complex flavours to enhance your dining experience. Our waitstaff and owners warmly welcome you back to Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant in the coming months.

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