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 ...
Pedro's has been creating great food in Christchurch for many years. Based upstairs on an corner of Worcester & Manchester St's Pedro's is almost in the middle of Christchurch. The room is large with several different sized tables. The menu changes regularly with the only certainty the shoulder of baby lamb. The main courses are all the same price (approx $30) so your choice will only be influenced by your taste buds.
The wine list is quite good though you can bring your own wine if you wish. Corkage is a hefty $7 each so not cheap but it does allow you to bring a couple of bottles of your own wine and not pay restaurant prices.
The atmosphere is about right (from my experiences in Madrid & Barcelona) and the waiting staff all Spanish.
Favorite Dish: Pedro's signature dish is the shoulder of baby lamb and it's my favourite. It is a very large dish and comes with veges. It is very tender and very tasty. A must try!! If you are vegetarian there are few options though, from my experience, the Pedro's team will often make something up as needed.
Simple and unfussed.
The food is quality and thoughtfully unfussed.
Honest and tasty without the frills.
Favorite Dish: Starters were good sized although average in presentation and unimpressive, yet tasty.
Grilled Lamb was crisp in the right places. The Vegitables were a background in taste and sauces understated.
What a great restaurant.
There is a rugby match in progress on the roof of this establishment. Looks like the All Blacks are playing the Irish!
Favorite Dish: The mussel soup was sensational but you can enjoy mussels done in just about any way you can think of!
One of a chain of mussel places with another place in the huge town of Havelock (okay so it's a tiny town) in Marlborough and Paraparaumu north of Wellington. The mussels are very very good and worth a look if you have any fondness for mussels. You can get the mussels in a variety of styles but I believe that the more simple the better - a look at the main photo for this tip is the way to do them!!
Favorite Dish: Mussels, mussels & more mussels
Fishbone Bar & Grill is located near Beach Street, Queenstown city centre. Inside decoration is so colorful. Dishes are mainly fresh fish fried, baked, char-grilled, smoked and seafood of course.
The owner of FBG usually go fishing at the morning. The fish caught at the morning will then be the " Today's Fish " of the dinner menu of that day in order to make sure the dishes are fresh made.
One Red Dog is listed as a pizza restaurant and it, in my experience, delivers some of the best. Located off Wellington's Courtenay Place in Blair St, ORD is very popular so get there early. There are tables in prime locations by the window and many others dotted around catering for different group sizes.
Another feature of ORD is its home brewed beers. They allow you to do a tasting to see which one you like best then it's "2nd star to the right and straight on 'til morning......"
Being right by Courtenay Place you are close to the action if you decide that you want to kick on and go to some clubs etc.
Favorite Dish: The pizza is why you come here. There are heaps of variations with a medium size at $18 and large at $26. You can go half & half if you and your partner are not sure which one to settle on. Have at look at their Menu for all of the options.
Situated in Akaroa,the most beautiful and charming little town of New Zealand,you will find this exquisite yet affordable restaurant.
Very good service and excellent food.I recommend the smoked salmon.
Don't forget to make reservations!
Favorite Dish: Smoked Salmon
A breakfast that last the whole day....
Yes... believe me... the portion is super huge... Run by a chinese lady is just walking distance from Camelot motel. In fact the owner of the hotel recommended us this place.... very cozy and seems like lots of stars and who's who in town frequent this cafe... the walls are filled with pics of the lady owner taken with customers... what a brilliant way to promote the cafe... friendly staff . Love the hot choco...
Favorite Dish: Super size hot choc with mashmallows... yummy...
Wonderfull atmosphere, light, people and food. Excelent for a diferrent night out!!
Start with a drink, go trough some flavours of asia and then finnish with a nice chat with friends all night long.
Favorite Dish: not a favorite ... you must travel with the flavours ...
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.
GPK or gourmet pizza kitchen is a very good spot for a bite to eat when in Auckland. Situated on Ponsonby Road with many other restaurants and coffee houses GPK is my place of choice. They don't take bookings for small parties and the place is always busy. Last time we came here the food was good as usual with children well-catered for (5 choices of main and 2 choices of dessert).
Favorite Dish: For mains the venison was very good and the pizza was excellent. The prices are above average (main is approx $27 and pizza is approx $22) and you get a satisfying meal and good service. A feature here is also the wine list which is excellent with lots of interesting wines by the glass.
If you are interested have a look at their Menu for a full list of prices as well as the wine list.
This little restaurant in Bayfair Tauranga is really good. It's nice and new, serves great coffee - had to take a photo it was sooooo good!
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Green Curry Pork for lunch and it was totally amazing. Very authentic and very fresh. Delicious. Washed down with a coffee of course!
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.
An excellent small cafeteria with garden seating (you can smoke out there!) and a small indoor seating area. Wide variety of breakfast foods including fried foods, fresh salads, sandwiches, pastries and so on. Good coffee!
Favorite Dish: The coffee was perfect!
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