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On Tap Gastrobar
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: New Zealand
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Went here on recommendation of our Motel manager and wasn't disappointed. As previous reviews we were a little sceptical as we approached, the crowd outside smoking and drinking, but getting past that to inside we found it to be welcoming and interesting. Food was excellent, well presented and plentiful, with good friendly service. We were soon to find out the reason for the outside gatherings, the owner JJ was having a 'bit of a do'. On leaving he insisted on befriending us and buying us both Baylis, what a character !! A great place that is frequented by locals, which is always a good sign, so please give it a go.

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Thank PatW1
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

has to be one of the best steaks houses in NZ. steaks are big and cooked to perfection. just a pity about the people smoking out the front as it could be quite off putting and isnt a good look. But the food certainly makes up for it and JJ and his staff are very friendly and make you very welcome. If your a steak lover you will love the choices that there are and i dare anyone to attempt the 1kg rump steak.

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Thank madbill
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Ignore the people smoking outside and step inside to make a booking. You may have to wait as they have a very informative board which tells you when you are likely ot get a table.

The wine list puts most restaurants to shame. It is eclectic but has some treasures and is well put together. there are great wines to suit all tastes.

The menu is short and sweet. go for the steaks is my advice. If you are into volume there is a 750g monster. I chose the 400g boston scotch fillet. My partner had the fillet. They were cookec to perfection. And I mean precisely to order. So if you want a rare that is what you will get. Medium rare - exactly to order. Perfectly done.

Sides were fine but the steak is the king here.

We squeezed a dessert in but really it was over the top. Great food and reasonably priced too. We went there on recommendation of a local. Get past the front bar, the decor ( there isnt really any) and go for the steak. There is a great chef there that knows how to cook a perfect steak. And the rest of the staff were good too, bar engaging and wait person efficient.

Oh and it is called jj's at on tap. The locals call it jj's.

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Thank Hondar27
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

On tap serves great steaks and my 400g Scotch fillet was beautifully cooked and very tasty

The decor was either done by a relative of Gollum , echoing his cave , or by a teenage male. Inside is a uniform muddy green grey which is really fairly ugly.

the service was excellent and the waitresses very pleasant

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Thank hawardTheHague
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