We ate here twice in a three night stay in Russell. My wife employs chefs and we 'Know Good food'. The first night we were seated outdoors across the small lane that runs between the beach and the historic colonial buildings..it was a balmy evening without a breath of wind, and no sooner had our hostess seated us, she pointed out the pod of dolphins swimming idly by about 20 metres away in the bay.. Enchanting.
The orongo bay oysters (local).. the black angus eye fillet served with truffled kowiniwini potatoes, truss tomatoes, blue cheese beignet & local port jus.. line caught Hapuka (a delectable fish species of the southern oceans) Tuna carpaccio - sesame crusted yellow fin with namida wasabi mayo .. All absolutlely mouth watering.. The wine selection was extensive & excellent, and the young staff were polite, efficient and personable..all together a delightful dining experience which as I said we repeated on a rainy night two nights later.. this time seated within the warmth of the historic Kauri paneling, enjoying the open fire and original maps, prints and early photographs of the colonial days.
Certainly we highly recommend The Gables to anyone visiting Russell in the picturesque Bay of Islands.
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