We happened upon this restaurant by chance, as we had stopped in Whangarei for dinner on the way to Paihai. Located in the downtown area in a pedestrian area lined with shops, it must have to compete with many others in this, the largest New Zealand city north of Auckland.
At around nine in the evening they were out of the day’s special of German sausage and sauerkraut, so I opted for the lasagna and small salad; my wife uncharacteristically ordered the fried fish and French fries. There was a small wine selection. The lasagna was good, prepared in a different way from what we are accustomed—lots of cheese and very little meat. But both meals were good, and there were several other specials to choose from at NZ$15.00 each. There’s a 3% charge for using credit cards. We had a truly international meal, considering the conversation with the Swiss owner and the server who had immigrated from China a few years ago; she had an impressive command of the English language after a relatively short time here.
We have nothing local to compare, but this is a good but not extraordinary place for a meal. There is limited outside seating on the sidewalk, perhaps for people watching during a busier time.
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