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“Great food, fantastic service - despite the name!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of WhatEver!

WhatEver!
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $27
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Christchurch
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Great food, fantastic service - despite the name!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

Arriving in to Hanmer later than expected at 2.20pm and hungry we found that many of the eateries had closed after lunchtime. As we parked to see if the bakery had anything to offer we noticed the sign for "Whatever" restaurant. Intrigued we walked in just as the last of the lunch customers walked out. Fully expecting to be told the kitchen was closed, we were pleasantly surprised to be graciously offered a table. Water and menus arrived promptly. We ordered a bread platter to share which came with gorgeously warm bread and a selection of spreads. The Thai inspired beef salad was delightful with melt in your mouth strips of beef and perfectly balanced flavours. The service was unobtrusive and welcoming and we never once felt rushed despite being the only customers in the restaurant. I took the time to look at the dinner menu, we will definitely be returning to try the venison with black currants. The name suggests a slightly off hand, casual attitude, the food and impeccable service was anything but....perhaps a name change is in order. Highly recommend to all.

  • Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

Excellent service from the wait staff, felt like we were locals and all staff we came into contact with were friendly and polite. Even though we had a wee bit of a wait on the main meal, it was well worth it as the meal was faultless! could not fit dessert in as the main meal was a generous size and the steak was cooked to perfection. Happily visit here next time we are in the area.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Jemz-01
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
2 reviews
“A birthday dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

Friendly and gentleman service. However, it is too quiet to have a birthday celebrate for our mum. The waiter probably is the business owner, very lovely guy and good service. It was a very very quiet Sunday night with only 1 chef in the kitchen and 1 waiter in the front of house. However, the food portion is very big and make us very full, the food level completely matched its title "Cafe and restaurant". I think it is probably not good for a birthday dinner but good for a brunch.

Visited August 2014
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Nelson, New Zealand
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170 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Generous Servings, Tasty Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Friendly cheerful service, good portions for hungry diners, and although this is where you might expect pub food/comfort food the quality of the meals was really very good.

I had the pork belly and it was excellent. Finished with an Afogato which was perfect. The others at our table enjoyed their meals as well and four very satisfied diners left after an enjoyable few hours.

We will return when next in Hanmer Springs.

Visited August 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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“Enjoyable meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had booked in for an early meal. The service was excellent as was the recommended wine. My lamb dish was beautifully cooked as were the steak meals. The next day we went for breakfast, and was pleased to see there were smaller ones available, which were nicely presented.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Phil_Nigel
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