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“Stunning new winter menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Go Vino

Go Vino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: European, Fusion, Wine Bar, New Zealand
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Go Vino has taken the Spanish concept of tapas and evolved it for a New Zealand environment. Go Vino's shared plates (Kaizen dishes) are bigger and more complex than traditional tapas. The dishes also feature ingredients and flavours distinct to New Zealand. Drawing on quality seasonal produce Chef Gabriel Moraes creates a Kaizen menu which changes every few months. Perfectly designed dishes can be enjoyed as a snack or as a complete meal over the course of an evening. Please be aware that we are not located directly in Whitianga, but in Cooks Beach, a short ferry ride and taxi away.
Auckland, NZ
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“Stunning new winter menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

We dined at Govino last weekend when they had just launched their new menu. This lifts their kaizen experience still further and should not be missed.

We began with tempura oysters served in a glass dome pumped full of wood smoke, with a fresh slaw of radish and apple. This combined the silky fresh-smoke taste of the oysters, whose tempura batter remained crunchy, with a lovely fresh apple tang. Next came duck on a red cabbage, pear and grape salad. The duck was superbly cooked and the salad was a luscious accompaniment. These courses were great but the "wow" really arrived with the braised beef cheek. This was served with soft polenta and a deeply rich port jus and was topped with parsnip crisps. Truly a dish that left you wanting more and prepared to lick the plate clean!

For dessert we shared a mulled wine poached pear which came with sauce anglaise and was served on a thin, crisp and delicious shortbread round.

This place serves food that would put most city establishments in the shade. It continues to challenge expectations and thoroughly deserves its success. Friends who spend time with us at Cooks Beach can't believe the quality of the food in a relaxed beach location.

  • Visited May 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Elvis Night @ Go Vino was fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We all had a great time Friday night at Go Vino. The ELVIS night was fantastic. Thanks Ryan for organising it. Food, service & show were very good value and thoroughly enjoyed. I shot a video on my i-phone; a glimpse of professional entertainment, excellent food, service & company.
5 mins by car from Ferry Landing Lodge so not far to travel either. Not sure how to upload here, so sending to Ryan.

  • Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Adventurous Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

This restuarant was a pleasant surprise serving innovative food. At first we thought the dishes were expensive but after tasting the food we think that the price is justified. Each dish (complicated Tapas?) was innovative and tasty. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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“Delicate tapas”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

With city prices this venue at outback Cooks Beach had a bit to live up to. The tapa style fayre was well presented and tasty, also a good selection. The ambience and service could be improved, the "stadium" lighting did not create restaurant intimacy and the service was average. I would come back for the food, however, some work on the service needed to create a welcoming atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

Probably the most enjoyable meal we had in NZ. The highest quality, smaller (tapas style) sized portions of various styles of modern cuisine and a fantastic range of dishes to suit every taste.
What a treat. Don't bother with the ostrich carpaccio though. The only weak dish of the 6 or 7 that we tried. The rest of them ... minimum 9 out of 10. The carpaccio 5 out of 10. The whole meal, unmissable.

  • Visited April 2013
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