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“Disappointing”
Review of Charlie Bill - Fine Food Bistro - CLOSED

Charlie Bill - Fine Food Bistro
Price range: $12 - $27
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Charlie Bill brings you modern New Zealand cuisine with an emphasis on honest, wholesome food in a cosy and intimate dining environment. Award-winning chef Hemi Tahu and partner Leigh Thornett look forward to welcoming you to Charlie Bill - Fine Food Bistro. Located on Tinakori Road a stone's throw from the city centre.
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We went with high expectations and these were not met. The food was absolutely fine, but the ambience, environment and service are all those of a second-tier restaurant and contributes to an overall so-so experience, which turns to a depressing experience when you pay the fairly hefty bill before you leave.

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Thank Simon C
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Dropped in for brunch. Service was cheerful and very quick with coffee. Ordered the bene and staff very happy to adapt the dish for individual preferences. The meal itself was great. Salmon was absolutely beautiful. So was the sourdough. Can't wait to come back for dinner.

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Thank William F
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Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

This tiny (seats about 25 to 30), fine dining bistro offers a select NZ menu, chef designed and produced by Hemi, in what is virtually the front room of a house in colonial Thorndon. Because he virtually "is" the kitchen, and no meal comes out until it is fully up to standard, it is slow dining but there is great service. I have been here a number of times and it has always been first class. Contrary to an earlier review you don't get frozen peas or corn; but you do get Hemi's light vegetable joke of fresh vegetables presented to look like the "Watties frozen peas and corn" of NZ dining 40 years ago. Weekend lunch is a little known gem. Try the fresh pate or the chef-cooked egg dishes. For a truly NZ meal CB's is well worth a visit and its fixed price for two courses is good value.

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Thank Thorndon
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is really something. 5 stars. It is hidden away from the city a little, almost suburban, but certainly one of the best restaurants in Wellington.

We've been three times. They have an excellent 2 course or 3 course menu available which I heartily recommend. Each course is divine. It is carefully crafted. They have fun with their food and the service is lovely.

In recent months they've also been doing a weekend brunch. Our most recent visit was for brunch and was absolutely top notch and even, similarly priced to your standard brunch fare.

Go. Seek this little place out (perhaps perfect for a special occasion). It is now in a favourite group of places I recommend to people coming to Wellington.

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Thank NZEmma
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We recently moved to the area and are slowly working our way through the restaurants and arrived at Charlie Bill, a quaint restaurant on Tinokori rd. Service was great, wine was excellent and the food magnificent... I would recommend the pate for a starter and the fillet for a main, both were beyond our expectations. Will definitely be back soon.

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