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“consistently good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Northstar Restaurant

Northstar Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 60 Restaurants in Oamaru
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $29
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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155 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“consistently good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

I always enjoy going to the Northstar, it is rare to find a restaurant that makes its own pasta, which is just mouthwatering. The staff are excellent and very obliging.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank misfortune2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“lovely food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

Great food and excellent selection of food and well priced for most wallets. Great staff. I could not fault this restaraunt

Visited April 2014
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Thank Vanessa T
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Bad decor, Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

It's a shame about the lack of atmosphere at Northstar- everything is grey or beige (though comfy) and there are two inexplicable televisions playing sports on mute as you eat, mounted to the walls. If you go when the head chef, Pablo is cooking, the food will be undoubtably be excellent: on a recent visit I had the pork belly, "stuffed", alongside a cauliflower puree spiked with a healthy amount of truffle oil (often truffle oil is used sparingly, to make something sound fancier than it actually is). The creme brulee didn't disappoint, either- smooth and silky custard, wonderful glass-like caramelised crust. Mains tend to use the Riverstone formula (meat, puree, jus, vegetables) but I don't think that's a bad thing- it's good, honest cooking with an eye for quality. Surely one to watch.

Visited March 2014
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Exceptional Manager”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

We stopped at the motel, but it was full. The manager, Cathy, called all other hotels in the city to help us find lodging. She finally found us a backpacking room just north of town, but she didn't stop there. She insisted on sending us with mugs and coffee for the morning. Then she decided to have the restaurant make us 2 sandwiches and potatoes to take along, since no other place in town was open at that hour. The chicken sandwiches were the best we have ever had. What a wonderful motel operator.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank Lyn B
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Highly Recommend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

I would highly recommend this restaurant. This has all of the qualities of fine dining food but in a casual atmosphere. We took the teenagers out which worried me a bit but there was something for everyone. The steak meal was fantastic. My 16 year old raved about it and he is not easy to please, my daughter had the chicken cannelloni and just loved it. It was really great to finally after five days around the South Island to finally have a meal that delivered on quality, price and service. The food is local and fresh. The wait staff were fantastic, friendly, efficient and knowledgable. Thank you Northstar, we will be back!!!!

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