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“Amazing dining experience!”
Review of The Cafe

The Cafe
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed November 23, 2012

What a treat was in store for the unsuspecting customer! Beautifully restored Victorian hotel with an amazing menu. We had the 5 course seafood taster menu and bought the accompanying wine package as an add-on. Just fantastic, from start to finish. We were welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, guided through each course with the greatest of care, and thoroughly enjoyed each and every delightful course. From the home-cured gravadlax with a stunning citrus salad, complemented perfectly with the citrusy NZ wine, to a perfect frito misto style squid dish, followed by the richest and smoothest smoked mackerel pate I have ever tasted. (No, brandyandginger, absolutely nothing like the store bought kind.) The plaice was delicious, the wines just kept getting better, and at least we agree that the creme brulee was to die for. We thought that all the flavours were delicate, as befitting their ingredients. (Perhaps it was your taste buds that had the night off??) It doesn't get much nearer to perfection than this. The staff were only too pleased to substitute the pudding wine, which I knew would not be to my taste, for a much more suitable one. A perfect evening, terrific food, and excellent service. What more could one ask for? We'll be going back soon.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We visited the cafe on a Sunday evening on the basis of the good reviews we'd read for the 5 course SEAFOOD tasting menu. Well the staff were very welcoming and friendly but the food..........smoked salmon gravlax very very ordinary, tempura squid anaemic and tasteless followed by smoked mackerel pate which was equally unexciting. All three courses I could have easily bought off the shelf in a supermarket and probably served looking and tasting far better. Not my idea of a seafood tasting menu at all. Next came plaice served swimming in a sea of butter detracting from it's normally delicate flavour. The only redeeming feature was the brûlée dessert which was delicious. I can't believe that we had visited the same place as everyone else....or was it the chefs night off?

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed the 'Seafood tasting menu'. The venue was good and all the staff were very nice. Wouldn't hesitate to eat there again. Hopefully not before long.

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Thank Carolyn J
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

yummy seafood taster menu, not dishes that we would have chosen for ourselves but would now certainly choose again

Thank RebelEl
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Liked everything about it but the food was outstanding and the village is a pleasant walk round in an evening!

Thank Alison M
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