A groups of us dined recently at the Marina in Gisborne. A lovely location and the restaurant is well appointed beside the river. Nice atmospher with linen and good quality cutlery etc. An amusebouche staved off the hunger pangs while we waited more than an hour for th first course to arrive, then another for the mains. As you could imagine we weren't going to wait another hour for dessert, so skipped out without it...saving ourselves another $20 per person.
The entrees for fairly small but quite expensive, the mains were nothing significant either and although I had the signature duck dish, I found it over salted, the skin wasn't crisp and the duck was dried out. Pretty disappointing really, as I know my duck confit coming from the region the the chef is from in France.
My dinner companions had the pork fillet which was basically a chunk of fillet cooked and chopped into a few pieces stnading on its side with a bit of jus drizzle around, again not really worht the money...paying Auckland prices for Gisborne food did not quite do it for me, but obviously the demand is there from the clientel as they were quite busy when we arrived. Still, I think I'll check out something a little less prentious next time to get better kiwi cuisine.
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