My navigator and I took great delight in the décor of The Works Café and the welcome we received when we walked through the door for the first time. We liked it so much, we visited twice for morning coffee and once for lunch during our short stay in Gisborne.
We were attracted immediately we saw the place by the old building and the vine covered trellis over the outside eating area. Autumn leaves looked spectacular.
Goldenvines Estate wines are made on site from grapes grown at Hexton Hills. It was only natural that we taste the complete range while we were there. We opted for the lunch special which offered a choice of nine plats plus a glass of wine for $19.50.
Smaller , less expensive snacky options and tapas type meals are also available.
There is an extensive wine and drinks list plus breakfast, brunch and dinner menus.
Wheelchair access is good. Parking plentiful.
Favorite Dish: For lunch, She opted for Pine Nut Ricotta and Spinach Filo on a salad of greens with aioli dip washed down with a glass of Goldenvines Estate Unoaked Chardonnay. He had the Warm Chicken & Smoked Walnut Salad - Chicken, walnut, celery, apple & cherry tomatoes tossed together then drizzled with a sundried tomato aioli. ..washed down with Goldenvines Estate Gewurztraminer Jones Waihirere Vineyard followed by Goldenvines Estate Viognier.
Our stop off for morning coffee did nothing to lessen our liking for the feel of the refurbished old building decorated with photos taken during its heyday as a meat processing & freezing works.
We'll come in Summer next time to sit under the vine cover outdoor area.
A promise by the proprietor of the Whispering Sands Motel that we would not be disappointed by The Fettuccine Brothers had us booking a table for dinner. We were not disappointed.
Entry to the restaurant is via a front room with lounges and a well stocked bar. On a chilly Autumn evening, the warmth of the ambiance was matched by the welcome from the bar manager. First impressions are important in my opinion and we were both favorably disposed from the start.
The Fettuccine Brothers' menu is a sight to behold for Italian lovers.
The breads include garlic bread ($7), herb & cheese, classic Bruschetta ($11)
Primi/Entrees - choice of 16 average price $16.00
Gourmet Pasta course – eight classic choices average price $24.00
Secondi/Mains average price $30.50 – 10 choices covering the full range of ingredients: beef, pork, veal, lamb, chicken, sea food cooked in classic Italian style.
Dessert offers 7 choices @ $15 and a Cheese Platter w/ trimmings for $24.00
The Wine list is extensive. Ten pages of New Zealand and imported wines. Ten whites and seven reds are offered by the glas ($8.50 – 11.00).
There is easy wheelchair access and plenty of parking in the street.
Open 7 days Dinner only from 5pm (phone for reservation).
Favorite Dish: Madam chose Pork fillet wrapped in Proscuito served with layered potato, beans and minted beetroot tapenade. He started with Venison Salad with candied bacon, kumara, baby beetroot & plumb chutney ($16.50) and chose Gnocchi Quattro Formaggio ($24.50) for main.
We were very happy to drink New Zealand wines by the glass and tried two Gisborne wines - Milton Opou Vinyard 05 Chardonnay & Waimata Cognoscenti Gisborne 07 Syrah. Both were excellent.
We were extremely pleased with our meals. Taste, presentation and service were all top notch. Love it when first impressions are reinforced by the overall performance of the crew behind the kitchen door. Chef, Grant Bailey and Front of House Manager Anez Barnes can be proud of their efforts.
This reataurant is a wee way out of the city centre, but it adds to the charm. It's got country charm mixed with a lot of elegance.
This is considered one of the "posh" restaurants and is a bit more expensive than the others. The whole place is covered in wood panelling and the bar area where you have a drink before your meal is dominated by a large firepalce and dark comfortable lounges.
All the wine is outstanding, as is the food. Go there for a decadent and romantic night!
You will need a car to get there
Favorite Dish: The Lamb dishes were divine, and the I wanted to try all the desserts because they sounded so delicious. But the chocolate torte was melt-in-mouth!!!!
This place has a great location - it's right on the beach front, so is perfect to pick up an icecream (which is large!) and then wander down the beach with it. This does mean that it can get ridiculously busy, however.
You can also grab a take away lunch (sandwiches, hot chips) there is also seating if you want to sit in.
This is a nice resturant, the last time I visited home we had a lovely family dinner out here. It's right on the wharf, so you get to view all the boats, and when it's a hot sunny afternoon, you can sit outside or under the shade sail. The staff are always friendly.
Favorite Dish: The Open sandwiches on the lunch menu are divine. For dinner have the Pork Belly - yum.
They also do lots of classic New Zealand dishes like mussels and whitebail fritters.
I love indian food and I am pleased to see that Gisborne now has three Indian Restaurants.
Of the three, if I were going to dine at the restaurant, I would recommend Preet.
The restaurant has a more Indian feel then the others and it is a nice place to dine in.
There are outdoor tables if you want to dine alfresco.
Located at river end of town, the restaurant is surrounded by other restaurants, cafes and bars which no doubt adds to its appeal. The other two establishments are more 'downtown shopping district' .
Favorite Dish: Love the Lamb Nawabi at the moment.