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Review of Alongside

Alongside
Ranked #21 of 62 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: $9 - $18
Cuisines: Seafood, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Alongside is an exciting social space situated over the water in the stunning bay of islands. There is no place quite like it in Northland and we are proud to be different! While there is an overall laid back, casual feel to the huge decked area, its style and touch of class makes it the perfect place to get together with friends and family for a relaxed bite to eat and a drink to cool down in the beautiful winterless North. Take in the breath taking views, relax on some of our comfy loungers and soak in the great community feel that Paihia has on offer. We offer all day casual dining . Our menu is designed for sharing - small plates and boards boasting local seafood and fresh produce. Choose a drink to match from our extensive drinks list boasting a wide range of exciting wines to speciality rums and mouth-watering cocktails.
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Nice location. Comprehensive wine list. Shame they can't spell whisky. Alas, the menu came on several different separate laminated cards bulldog clipped to a board, and you weren't sure which one you had until you sat down and extracted the two sheets from the clip and realised you only had the drinks menu, or the food menu, or the hot drinks menu as each clipped menu board catered for only one of the three.

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Thank Antherina
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at Alongside, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Hi Antherina. We are glad you were impressed with the location and our wine list, we have included some boutique and organic NZ wineries on the list so there is something for everyone! Thank you for the feedback regarding the menus - as I have previously stated in an earlier review - we are currently working through the menu issues after receiving these comments and hope to have them in a more comprehensive form very soon. In relation to the spelling of 'Whisky' - both 'Whiskey' and 'Whisky' are actually correct spellings with the later being a more modern term after the original Gaelic name was Anglicised, dropping the 'e'.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

What a great little spot to hang out on a sunny afternoon - we had a great seat (comfy lounges) and listened to live music. We didn't eat here so I cannot comment on the quailty of the food. But the bar service was pretty good (you have to go up to the bar but they deliver to your table). Prices were ok - the view amazing! A lovely, lazy Saturday afternoon in the Sun.

Thank MissyKafoops
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Beautiful location, the setting and furniture is fantastic...Such potential yet shame about the food... We went there for lunch and orderd small plates... very bland and tastless, not matching the tempting descriptions on the menu.... Ice berg lettuce (already browning off) does not cut it as a garnish or a plate filler.

Come on people!!... you are destroying the potential of the setting by serving and presenting food like this!!!

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Thank izi1050
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at Alongside, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Hi there - we are very sorry to hear that your experience regarding the food was unsatisfactory. The iceberg lettuce is served with the salt & pepper calamari which is drizzled with a honey & chilli syrup which may explain the impression of 'browning off' - however I have raised this issue wit the chef and it is will not be overlooked. We would not be happy with any dish leaving the kitchen that did not meet standards and would like to offer our apologies that this was the case during your visit. Thank you for providing us with your feedback.

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

I have to say this place is a winner because of the view and the setting. Its the most beautiful place Ive ever eaten in in Nz. We had a bowl of chips and drinks on the evening there of our 2nd anniversary on new years eve and it was a wonderful experience being on the deck in the sun by the sea. The food is not that exciting and the drinks are pricey but go figure there is probably a reason for this so they keep people coming and going rather than loitering around all day. Its a bar not a restaurant. Its fancy so dont be surprised its expensive. If you choose to pay for something here you are paying for the view and the ambience not just the food. I loved it and will be back.

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1  Thank Kate L
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at Alongside, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Hi Kate - we are delighted to hear that you joined us for your anniversary, what a fantastic comment that it is the most beautiful place you have eaten in NZ so thank you! We are sorry to hear that you found the drinks list pricey - we offer beers from $5 and wine % house spirits from $7 and hope this would come across as reasonable - the deck has public access so people hanging around all day is of no problem to us, we really wanted to create a lounge feel that would make people feel comfy and at home - what a beautiful picture you uploaded, the weather was stunning over New Year in the Bay! Thanks again for taking the time to write a review, kind regards

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

As far as set up, location and atmosphere are concerned this place ticks all the boxes. It has a huge deck over the water with fab seating on white ratan furniture with striking blue and orange cushions. The menu is based on tapas and is quite tasty. The wine list is extensive but those by the glass are quite pricey and not what I would term well known or quality wines representative of the price charged. As has been previously stated in other reviews the service is rather hit and miss. Some of the staff need a little training in smiling and pleasantries. We ordered two relatively simple small plates and the food took a long time to come out and part of our order ended up on another table, although that was quickly rectified.

Thank Tania M
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at Alongside, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Hi Tania - thank you very much for providing us with your feedback. We are glad you found the location and food to your liking. With our wine list, we have tried to combine a wide variety of boutique and organic NZ wine and some that perhaps are from smaller and lesser known vineyards with some well known favorites such as Jules Taylor, Isabel Vineyards and winemaker Kim Crawford. We guarantee if you try something new from the list you will enjoy it! Regarding your feedback on staff, this is something that we take very seriously and communicate to our front of house team in order to work through. All feedback is very important to us. Kind regards.

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