Stopped here for lunch on our way into Lake Tekapo, and as we were impressed with the meal and the service decided to book a table for dinner that night.When we arrived in the evening it was busy,so glad we had booked.From our table we could see Lake Tekapo and the mountains, which were changing colour as the sun set.Free parking close by.
Favorite Dish: The Stonegrill was excellent,three different kinds of meat which you cook yourself .The meat was tender and full of flavour,this was accompanied with fresh vegetables and chips.
If you get hungry on the stretch of road between Hamilton and Rotorua, consider a stop at The Boatshed Café and you won't be disappointed. It's in a lovely location overlooking the lake and you often see ski boats, kayaks and sometimes small sailboats go by.
The food is simple, a relatively small menu, but very tasty and nice. They serve gluten free food as well.
Be sure to check whether this cafe is open or not, it seems to be changing it's status ...
The number of restaurants in Kaikoura are limited - and are not the best.
There is however a pretty good supermarket in Kaikoura
Buy your own and cook it, or buy ready made and heat it up.
Beach road (route #1) -> W. End -> Esplande
Favorite Dish: Lots of nice fresh veggies and fruit available.
Prices are good.
We thought this place had the best pizza!! They had a huge variety to choose from but our favorite was the super special!!
Favorite Dish: Super Special…$6.70 (sm) // $8.80 (med.) // $9.80 (lge.)
Tomato, cheese, mushrooms, ham, olives, anchovies, capsicum, salami
Rebo is a small cafe located in Auckland's Sky Tower. Our hotel was just around the corner so every morning we would pop into Rebo for some muffins. You might call me crazy, but those muffins were the best muffins I've ever had.
Favorite Dish: Peach pecan muffins, blueberry muffins, raspberry white chocolate muffins
There are many good areas where restaurants are plentiful. Wander from one end of Ponsonby Road to the other, visit Parnell Road around Parnell Village, the Viaduct Basin downtown in the city, where the America's Cup was held and take your pick of any cuisine or just let one of the many aromas choose for you.
Some of my favourites
Iguacu Café & Bar - 269 Parnell Road, Parnell
Brassiere style food with 4 stylish up-market bars. A great varied menu available including pastas, seafood, lamb, salmon – to name but a few. Parnell Village is found about 1.5 kms (1 mile) east of city centre. An entire suburb of Victorian timber cottages that have been preserved from developers. Highly Recommend.
Planet Hollywood 3rd Floor, Sky City Metro, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland City.
International cuisine. Big helpings and the desserts are to die for.
Sawadee - 42A Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Thai Cuisine - try the Banana Curry.
Saints Waterfront Brasserie - 425 Tamaki Drive (Auckland waterfront bays).
A wonderful restaurant right opposite Auckland's harbour with a view of Rangitoto in the background.
I have been coming to Tonys for 20 years or so on various business trips to Auckland. The steak here is of a good quality with a very big selection of different cuts plus a few other options for those who may not be so keen on the red meat.
The restaurant is over two levels with street access from Victoria St via a small door that doesn't look too inviting. Once inside though you are hit with an old steak place feel that, or better or worse, hasn't changed that much since 1983 when I came here first.
The wine list is okay with a reasonable selection of cheaper and more expensive wines. The Jim Barry Cab Sav is a good match with most of the steaks including my favourite.
As you can see from the photo it's also kid friendly with smaller children's meals available. The kid's options include small steak, chicken and sea food.
Favorite Dish: Easily my favourite here is the Giant T Bone done medium rare. Always very juicy and tender. At $35 it is priced okay when compared to other places offering a similar product. Last time I was here my friend had the Venison Royale & he commented that it was quite good also.
Tidy and lovely atmosphere. Good size meals and food is always tasty plus its really cheap as well. I shouted 4 people out for full 3 course meal including bottle of wine and sake - and came to $127. Not bad :-)
Food is great and staff are really helpful despite the language barrier sometimes.
Favorite Dish: The Bento box is my favourite - it is this neat tray with compartments that have different foods in each compartment.
The one i ordered came with spring rolls, dim sim, sushi, cabbage salad - just yummy. Chilli beef on rice and tempura vegetables.
For me this a huge meal so would recommend that you don't buy starters if you are ordering that.
The first thing to note is that this venue is located in a beautiful little area, more or less by itself. You're surrounded by a well maintained garden, with a small pond on one end which is absolutely swarming with a variety of water birds. Their were two ducks and a goose who evidently live there who will run up to you and quack, waiting expectantly for some morsel to be dropped. You can sit inside or outdoors, if it's nice out definetly sit outside. The food is better than average, with roughly equal cost; a full dinner meal with run you about $20-$30, brexfast and lunch is obviously less. They whip up a mean cappuchino, too; grab one and sip out on the little bridge while the birds float beneath you. Check out the nightlife section for the live portions of this venue (plays, music, etc.)
Favorite Dish: They have this mixed meat and bread selection that I had for lunch once. A half dozen different type of meat and sausage with four different breads and three dipping sauces, plus a selection of cheeses. Trust me, it'll take at least three people to polish off that plate.
This was the best thai food I tasted, while in New Zealand. It wasn´t too expensive and the waiters were really nice.
Monday to Sunday
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
Liquor License: Full + BYOW
Good For Groups: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Favorite Dish: Poppy Thai curries were excellent! But all the dishes seemed delicious.
MenuMania is a great website for when you need to make an informed decision as to where to eat out in New Zealand. I have found some really good restaurants I didnt know even existed through this site. just a great dining out resource
I am from Europe and used to at least one Italian ice-cream shop or café in every street, and all those incredible ice-cream creations like stracciatella, tiramisù, bacio, etc. etc. which do not drip after ten seconds but melt on the tongue immediately, and the service is so fast that you cannot chose and talk as fast as the staff put the scoops into the cones or cups.
Sure, there are some hidden Italian ice-cream makers in the big cities but it is just the norm, and if you do not know them you normally would not spot them. It is fascinating to see with how much patience the service staff play around in the ice-cream containers with their scoop-spoons until they have shaped one ball and put it into a cone, and if you chose more than one they knock against each scoop so they glue a little bit together, as the consistency is somehow harder than of the real Italian ice-cream, but as soon as it is in the cone it starts to melt like an iceberg in the desert sun, and you must lick around your ice-cream like obsessed to not get it all over your clothes...
Anyway... New Zealand Natural Ice-Cream is as close as you can get to the Italian Original, and they are also very inventive, with the Green Tea mix being the most exotic of their about 25 flavours.
They pride themselves that their products are so fresh, natural, and wholesome that the Fruit Flo® and Smoothies are endorsed by the Australian National Heart Foundation, meeting their strict guidelines on daily consumption of fat, salt, sugar and fibre.
All the fruit flavours are very nice and refreshing on hot days, and the creamy ones for cold days... So there is always an excuse for having an ice-cream.
NZ Natural is a franchise network with over 160 stores across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Favorite Dish: Mango Sorbet - although sugar is added to this fat-free ice-cream it tastes like pure mango, so incredibly fruity.
On a hot day lemon-lime is super refreshing.
And caffè-espresso instead of creamy coffee...
Update September 2008
After having visited Wellington several times this year I would like to add that there you get divine Italian ice-cream made by a different company (perhaps just a lonesome ice-cream beater...). There are several shops of a chain named "Kaffee Eis". German name, Italian ice-cream. More info on my Wellington page (restaurant tip).
The Green Parrot has been operating since 1926 in Wellington and has a grand tradition of providing some rather large meals. The set up is rather basic with vinegar the condiment of choice awaiting you at your table. The tables are older formica topped style with olden looking seats that are still very comfortable. Service is quick and easy with the staff very friendly and eager to help. I come here by myself, while on business in our nations capital, before wandering down Courtenay Place and a look through a bookshop or two.
Favorite Dish: The menu is oriented towards steak with the T Bone possibly the largest you will find at any restaurant in New Zealand. At $37 it is a bit pricey but worth the money in my books. Before you order, bread and butter is served to the table lol.
This is a great cafe/bar serving homemade food and providing friendly service, a great atmosphere and superb coffee.
The food is freshly made using high quality ingredients. Well priced too e.g. seafood chowder with ciabatta NZ$15 or a big breakfast for NZ$18.
There is a blackboard menu plus a good selection of takeaway sandwiches, cakes etc. Tables outside or inside in a sprawling maze of rooms. Magazines provided, artwork etc.
Breakfast is served from 9.00 a.m. and the Beach House closes at about 4.00 p.m.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish has to be the Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham - a beautifully presented dish of eggs and ham served with spinach pesto hollandaise sauce for an excellent NZ$12.
This is a popular cafe/bar (good idea to book if you want to eat in the evening) with a great atmosphere, funky decoration themes, excellent toilets (always an indicator of a good place in my opinion), super service and above all, excellent and interesting food.
In 2006 I had a great BLAT here prior to a tandem skydive and always hoped to make a return visit. Last night (10 February 2008) I was pretty keen to write this up for VTers who might be in NZ at the mo) we called in for dinner.
The place was busy and buzzing but they found us a table (good mix of clientele, including children early in the evening) and it was fine to have anything from a coffee to a full blown dinner. I had the venison, see "favourite dish", my partner had the Scotch fillet which he reported delicious. The veges were gently cooked to a firm perfection and the accompanying salad was interesting, with toasted pumpkin seeds and other good things.
Lots of interesting things on the menu, including a catch of the day and vegetarian options. I highly recommend the Workmans to you all - you can go while you are visiting Hobbiton or enroute between Auckland and the Coromandel/Bay of Plenty, or just make a special trip!!
Note - closed on Mondays
Favorite Dish: Venison with beetroot and rosemary (served with seasonal veges, a salad and a hunk of bread) - the most tender venison I have ever tasted, delicious with the beetroot, beautifully cooked and presented - I only left the pattern on the plate!!
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