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“Excellent from start to go”
Review of OLI & MI Kitchen

OLI & MI Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 133 Restaurants in Lower Hutt
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $25
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Modern fusion dining at its best awaits you in the heritage-listed Dentist building on Jackson street, Petone.
Wellington, New Zealand
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68 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Excellent from start to go”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We had to try several times before we could get a booking, which gives an indication of how popular and good Taylor's is. We started at the bar with cocktails, and the Hendrick's High Tea is divine - top-notch gin with cucumber ice, served in china - if it hadn't been so staunch I'd happy have drunk another one!

All three courses were great, and the staff were easily able to explain what I could safely eat (gluten-free), and even had complimentary gluten-free bread to go with the truffle butter to open. I started with grilled asparagus with poached egg, popcorn grits (amazingly nice) and apple. The confit duck for my main was beautifully cooked, perfect texture and very flavoursome. Likewise, the pannacotta was perfectly cooked and infused with very festive Christmas spices. The wine list is reasonably priced and plenty to choose by the glass.

I must admit, I did feel sorry for the chef and the staff when you hear people at other tables grumbling that there's no garlic bread on the menu and they don't have cheap bottled beer (lots of interesting craft beers are available). This is a fine bistro and if you want 'the standard stuff', it's probably better to try somewhere else nearby along Jackson Street.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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“Yummy desserts - good service”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Went in just for dessert. Small but interesting dessert menu. Glad we booked, restaurant was mad busy and the wooden floorboards make for a very noisy environment. Service was very good - extensive wine list.

  • Visited December 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
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“Good food but disappointing”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Four of us went for dinner on a Saturday night. The service to book a table had been excellent and we expected big things. However, we were disappointed. We had to search for someone to welcome us and then had to wait while the person who served us went to get the maître de. The people who took our order needed to go 3 times to the bar or kitchen - to find out whether they had sherry available, which they didn't; to find out what the fish of the day was and to ask if the creamed potato contained cream.

The menu, however, was interesting and the food was generally very good. I can particularly recommend the lamb which was cooked to perfection and served with excellent roast potatoes.

The restaurant was full and naturally fairly noisy but, as the evening progressed, the volume of the music was turned up, making it difficult to hear anyone talk.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Molly72
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