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“Food quite good but really noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Garlic Press - CLOSED

The Garlic Press
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Food quite good but really noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

When I went to pay the bill I asked the guy at the till if it was always so noisy. He said that it was often noisy if they were busy. And unfortunately they were busy when we were there. Not a place for a romantic dinner for two or if you are hard at hearing. The food was quite good though and not too expensive. The waitresses were busy so we didn't get the attention that you would get in a top class restaurant. We will give them another go on a different night (we went on a Friday night).

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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317 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Consistently Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

An interesting place - can feel a bit like dining in a railway station. But it's comfortable and always interesting. Close to the TSB Showplace so a window seat will pay dividends on show night. Some wait staff have been there for some time, and one in particular is superb. She is friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The menu doesn't sell the dining options very well. Looks and feels like a broadsheet from a Chinese takeaway. But the meals I have had there recently are very good indeed. They are well designed, well cooked and well presented. The menu has a host of options, and is complimented by a "show special" menu which allows for faster dining if you are attending a show. I see some complaints about portion sizes, but that has not been my experience. An excellent wine list, which is well understood by the staff. Good quality dining at reasonable prices.

Visited June 2013
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Thank PedroNP
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Early Bird Meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We were going to a show and decided to try the early bird special at The Garlic Press well it certainly was value for money. I chose to have the steak which was cooked to perfection. Included in the standard fee was a drink, bread and a main meal.
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  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Pamela R
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Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Do NOT eat here......”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

The Garlic Press was a terrible experience. At a prices of $8 for a Heinehen; $12.50 for a glass of wine & $35.50 for a fish meal there is an expectation. We were served with an entree sized meal of fish (the odour of which suggested it was not fresh) on a hash-brown which we were assured contained shrimp (yeah right), with bokchoy stork. This was a terrible meal; significantly overpriced, and not a happy experience.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Jock S
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Australia
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

I loved the burger from this place, whilst my husband had the chicken risotto. Both were devoured and hit the spot. Thoroughly recommended.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Aussie_Family_12
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