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“Delicious food, lovely atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ziff's Cafe Bar Ltd

Ziff's Cafe Bar Ltd
Ranked #14 of 98 Restaurants in Invercargill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $25
Cuisines: Cafe, European, New Zealand, Bar, International
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ottawa, Canada
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Delicious food, lovely atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here, from appetizer to dessert. Everything was tasty and appealingly presented. Restaurant was cozy, especially by the fireplace. Waitress was engaging without being nosy and helped us with choosing from the menu.
Bonus for us was the free shuttle service to our hotel. After a long day's drive, it was a treat to get picked up and returned without any worries. Would love to had another night in town to go back for more!

  • Visited May 2011
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Strangest cuisine yet!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2010

On the recommendation of our hosts we booked into Ziffs expecting good cuisine. We are extremely disappointed. We are told that they had a new chef from Austria but any chef I know would not provide meals that just didn't gel. Risotto with scallops that came with shards of parmesan cheese strewn over and mixed in. Even the most basic of cooks knows that Italian's never put cheese with fish. Rissotto with parmesan - yes. Scallops with parmesan - Never! The scallops were totally overwhelmed by the cheese. The pasta dish I had was on the special board and tasted like packet macaroni cheese. It ewas supposed to come with garlic, baby spinach and bacon. I think both the baby spinach and bacon walked off the plate because there was little indicated they had ever been in or near the dish. And oddly enough it came with a dressed salad of shredded carrot, assorted leaves, and god knows what plonked smack bang in the middle of the pasta plate. I've travelled the world and never experienced this before. My partners entree of sizzling garlic prwans turned out to be lukewarm prawns that had been pre-frozen and were tasteless. They hadn't even been cooked in the garlic butter but added later. Very amateurish and certainly not cuisine as we know it. I wouldn't waste my time visiting this place. The one saving grace was the wait staff who were charming and pleasant.

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london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“friendly, great food - well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2010

Went here during a 3 week trip to NZ. A local recommended it as a place to go for a drink or a coffee after we'd already had dinner at a fairly ok place in Invercargill. Wish we'd gone here first - the food looked delicious and we gave in and shared a wonderful 'chocolate pot' pudding with our coffees.
What you need to know is that Ziffs provide a shuttle service to and from Invercargill centre because unless you have a car it's unaccessible.......so get here if you can !!

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Thank salandmike
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London
1 review
“Delicious and Cosy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2009

Was in Invercargill on business when my gorgeous wife surprised me with a visit for our Aniversary (which i swear i hadnt forgotten! hehe) so i left the kids at the motel and took her to Ziffs which was recommended to us by the Moteliers and it proved to be as lovely as they has said. the food was delicious and the staff were lovely and it made our anniversary all that much more spontaneously delightful!

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