Summary: Was recommended to us as fantastic. Found dessert to be above expectations but rest of meal whilst not horrible by any means was a little disappointing for price and expectation. Having said that I would recommend and go back simply because the dessert was so fantastic.
Hubby and I had dinner there last night. Waiter with slight French accent was very professional and appeared like he actually cared about your dining experience from start to finish. Nice surprise so he got a good tip (not common for us kiwis).
Two entrees, a main which we shared and then we shared the tasting platter dessert meal cost just over $100 - no drinks
The atmosphere and decor is rather budget - not romantic rustic or anything. Actually quite yuk, not overly comfy or anything special. Would have expected better for upper price bracket.
Hubby had pork belly entree with apple slaw, a sauce and little cider 'balls'. It was nice, but nothing to drool all over - had better and had worse. Very expensive entree at around $24. I had sword seafood which was a skewer with a scallop, prawn, piece cray tail, piece salmon and piece white fish. Flambéed at table with lime vodka and horipito and two dipping sauces - mild sweet chilli and hollandaise. Very nice.
Main was fillet steak with mash, asparagus, ratatouille and beef cheek and prune and port sauce as well as ju. Nice, steak a little over cooked from what we ordered, and a bit too lean so lacked some flavour and juiciness. Fillet is lean, but this was super lean if you get what I mean. The cheek was nice, vege ok one over cooked the other under :-)
Why you wonder a five star rating? The dessert was OMG over the top yum.
$26 for tasting plate and plenty to share limoncelo tart, white choc and rasp. icecream with brandy caramel sauce, choc cherry cups, choc chili tart, creme brulee in a kiwifruit. And all of them perfect.
So service was wonderful - dessert the best I have had - truly and worth going there alone for. Yes I would go back mainly for dessert. The entree and mains weren't bad but for the price I have had better. Mains are around $40.
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