First, let me say I am a very seasoned traveler, wine drinker and restaurant / cafe frequenter, involved (for way too many years) in lots of facets of the the hospitality industry, primarily as a wine consultant.
I have NEVER taken the time to write a review of any sort before, as I firmly believed one mans dislike or like may in fact be the opposite for someone else. There is no better experience than actual first hand experience and make up your own mind!
But my recent trip to NZ, Hawkes Bay, Napier has prompted me to type out this very high recommendation.
My hosts went to great lengths to explain not to expect too much - after all we were just dining in a fancy pub.
How pleasantly surprised firstly by the warm welcome and the overall friendliness of both the manager on the night (sorry didn't get his name) and every single staff member. You could just feel the friendly vibe.
A reasonable by the glass drinks list at affordable prices (would like to see more of the local selections!) served again in an efficient friendly manner.
Apparently according to the other guests the G & T's they consumed were also a hit.....
Over to a table to be greeted by the friendly and professional Irish lad. He handled every jibe, remark, delay, change of mind, enquiry with amazing courtesy, made us all aware of the specials and took all our orders - without writing a single one done - remember those days in restaurants ????
But it was the food that blew me away - WOW.
Purposely ordered a range of dishes and every single one of them a HIT !!!
My John Dory possibly the best fish dish I have had in the last ten years!!!
IF I was to make one small suggestion, to what looks like a great winning formula - please loose the red lights fellas, looks a bit bordello like....and the art deco features could be better shown with some subtle less in your face type lighting.
So apart from the lighting everything else was FIRST CLASS...
Thanks for making my first night in Napier so remarkable and euphoric.
All the best
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