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“2 out of TweLve - how the mighty have fallen”
Review of TweLve Bar - CLOSED

TweLve Bar
Price range: $12 - $28
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We pride ourselves on being the best little restaurant bar in Ashburton! We provide an exquisite modern bar, that is as comfortable as it is friendly. We have exceptional service, divine cocktails and the most delicious food. Our fresh local menu is designed by owner Chantelle Quinn, who was Top 9 on the 2012 Masterchef NZ television show, and tweLves Head Chef Kinnear Horsburgh.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
354 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“2 out of TweLve - how the mighty have fallen”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

Here is a place that has to decide what business it's in - a great food restaurant, a cocktail bar or would-be night club. We had all three on our last visit for a meal. We were seated and then we waited...and waited. There was only one person serving at the time and casual drinkers got preference. And then there was the band. TweLve Bar is tiny and these guys had come for a party. When they were playing, they were the star attraction. Chatting with friends across the table was impossible. And let's just mention the food. The medium-rare (and more rare than medium please) steak was closer to well done, and my fellow diners medium turned out to be very well done. It was a not a great night out and we disappeared after the main and the apologies. It's been great in the past, but this visit was memorable for all the wrong reasaons.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Alexander6011
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic food!”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

I think our table managed to order all mains on the menu between us and the fact that nothing was left on any of them is a true testament to the quality of the food we were served. Atmosphere is great, staff friendly and accommodating and the food absolutely fantastic! You will need to book however as it is a small venue (this adds to the overall experience)

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank sallystours
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Superb Dining”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

If you want to experience "the best" of our Kiwi cuisine, this is the place to visit. Chantalle is the hostess with the mostess and while not only being a Master Chef finalist, she is a bloody good cook as well. Please be assured, you won't have to extend your mortgage to dine here and if you feel you can cope with excellence, ring and make a booking. Like us, you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Kelvin H
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Ashburton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
273 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Friday lunch at twelve”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

I was so pleased to see Twelve open on Fridays for lunch and I was not disappointed by the food. We had a divine prawn salad which was beautifully presented and plentiful. The best place to eat in Ashburton.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Marg22
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
354 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Still the best in town!”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have just had another great night, with a new menu, at TweLve Bar. The rack of Canterbury lamb was the best I've eaten. One colleague rated the steak as superb, and the vegetarian plate was imaginative and colourful, as well as a taste-treat according to our fellow diner. It's a small bar-come-restaurant. Do book! I should point out that this is my third review as a visitor to Ashburton.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Alexander6011
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