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“A Gem in Geraldine!”
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Taste Restaurant & Bar
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A Gem in Geraldine!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

If you are ever in Geraldine you don't need to go anywhere else but Taste. Service was excellent and the beef, lamb and dessert were outstanding. It was not your average restaurant meal, with different flavours that worked well together and made for a very surprising pleasant experience. I wish we had stayed more than one night in Geraldine so we could have dined there more!

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Carolyn S
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Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
290 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
“Even better than last time”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

We planned our latest trip to the South Island around a meal at Taste, so good was it on our last visit a year ago. When we learned they were closed on Sundays, we re-arranged our itinerary so we'd be in Geraldine when they were open. We even booked three weeks in advance...and a good thing that was too, as the Friday night we were there, they were turning people away at the door...in June mind you!

It still amazes me that this unassuming restaurant in small town Geraldine serves up such incredibly good food. It is, without a doubt, the best restaurant in town. The main road may be deserted and dark, but I suspect there's always a cluster of parked cars surrounding Taste.

On this visit we shared the Mediterranean Tortellini...spinach & ricotta tortellini, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes & Italian Chorizo, with creamy rocket & cashew nut pesto. Lovely.

For a main I had the tomato, zucchini & basil chicken ($28.50) - Filo pastry parcel filled with chicken, cream cheese & spinach, served on a zucchini & bacon cake, with roasted garlic, roma tomato & basil cream sauce...it was just as good as it sounds. The description alone is making me hungry.

My spouse was equally impressed with his Carpet Bag Steak ($34) - Angus prime rib eye stuffed with Pacific oysters and topped with bacon, on Daulphinoise potatoes with oyster and chive marscapone. He said it was excellent.

For dessert we had affogatos - perfect.

Next time we're in Geraldine, guess where we're going? Well done guys, keep up the good work.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Melnq8
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Oxford
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Do they have Michelin in New Zealand”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

If they do have Michelin in New Zealand, then this place should be in it. Cooking was imaginative and different from the average Kiwi restaurant.

Visited January 2012
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3 Thank Eurogolferoxford
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food, visual display and combination of tastes!”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Good matching wines! For the 4th time they won an award for beef and lam and it was good!

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1 Thank Jasmijnb
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Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
290 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
“Are we really in Geraldine?”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

My spouse and I had dinner at Taste while in Geraldine for an overnight stay, which incidentally, is worth much more time than a single night. Peel Forest, need I say more?

The restaurant was recommended by the owner of our B&B, who also made a booking for us. We were shattered from our overnight international flight and drive from Christchurch, but glad we managed to stay awake long enough for dinner. My spouse proclaimed his Prime Angus Pure Beef Eye Fillet, topped with oyster, saffron & chive mascarpone, served with asparagus filled mini York, caramelized shallots & crispy ginger EXCELLENT ($33).

My breast of chicken filled with bacon, cream cheese & spinach, served on corn & chive cakes, with roasted garlic, Roma tomato & basil cream sauce was also very good ($28.50), but the chicken was a wee bit overcooked.

The triple chocolate terrine, white chocolate mud cake and chocolate truffle tart with wild berry coulis sampler we shared for dessert was less of a success ($13), but hey, we were absolutely stunned to find a restaurant of this caliber in Geraldine in the first place. Who knew?

Visited June 2011
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Thank Melnq8
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