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US$6 - US$22
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Me and my friend ate here a couple months ago and we ate mains and got drinks and were very happy with the dinner and said to ourselves we would return. Well tonight was the night we returned again and it was improved. The entrees...which we havent had before were good not filling but pleasing for the mouth. The mains we ordered the same as last time and they had changed some things on it. And again the Mains here are to die for. We also ordered desserts which we didn't last time. Firstly I am very much into desserts I am a big desserts guy, I am very picky of the sweetness and the decoration. Personally presentation is one of the key points to desserts, when you see it first and it looks gorgeous when you taste and its delish it makes it even better. SO i very much reccomend the panacotta which I had. Not sure about the bread and butter because I didn't get a taste but it looked amazing too. We were served by the manager which was very lucky, he was so kind and was very knowledged explained each dish very calmly. I feel like I was delaying service for his other tables because I asked so many questions about drinks. Anyways looking back at this review I have written a lot but that just shows how much you should come and try out this place and I assure you it will be one hell of a night. Forgot to take photos until desserts :( Also left a nice tip for the staff and it was much deserved.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a shame. Could be a 5 star but badly let down by a unforgivable ordering blunder, along with a number of other downsides not expected in a restaurant where pricing is at the upper end. With regard to the ordering mix up, the excuse...was that it was a computer blunder. The manager should have come out and explained, not send out a very young, and inexperienced wait person, albeit trying her best to pick up the pieces. So overall a big downer on service. Other areas not up to meeting expectations included: very nice but miniscule beef tartare entre, similar for razor clam (so so) but prawn and crab rillette excellent. So were duck and lamb mains. Noted that a side of fries came half through eating mains. Two of us had desserts , which were excellent. Overall, makings of a top place to dine, but somehow just doesnt get there. Certainly paying more attention to service training, and getting logistics right between chef and customer would be a good start.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 22 May 2022

Having read the reviews here on TripAdvisor we were expecting a great night out, not one we'd rather forget. The wine menu had no description of each wine, other than the grape. So we asked the staff and they were clueless, but did offer a...small taster of two options. Although both were ones to forget. I'd hesitate to pay $10 a bottle at the supermarket for them. But there were some reasonable beers so at least that meant we had something to drink. We had a complimentary starter provided which was near tasteless and had clearly been prepared well before, kept in the fridge uncovered and as a result was dehydrated. Not a great start. Our first dish arrived and the dish size was disappointingly small. On putting a taste into her mouth my other half found fragments of razor sharp shell in her mouth. Luckily she was able to get it out of her mouth without any blood being spilt. After that we decided that we didn't want to order any further dishes so we paid for what we'd consumed, other than a significant discount for the dish with the sharp shells in. We were not remotely impressed and we've zero interest in ever returning.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 29 April 2022 via mobile

Prior to Covid this was the best restaurant in hamilton and I am happy to report it still is. We had dinner last night, the complimentary tasting spoons for starters were a nice touch, we had the beef tartare and prawn and crab rillette entree,...Venison and Duck Mains and blueberry bread and butter pudding. It is rare to enjoy every dish as much as we did. Every bite was perfectly balanced in flavours and mouth feel. The last time I had food this good was at Berowra waters inn!.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 20 April 2022

Lovely meal with my family. Haven’t visited in a while my always favourite is the pasta and fish main. I also enjoyed the new desserts they have added. Plenty of drinks options as always. Service was quick enough for the amount of people in the...restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 11 April 2022 via mobile

Really nice experience, we booked in for dinner and were served with complimentary tasting spoons before our entrées and mains. All our food was presented beautifully and tasted even better :) our hostess was very attentive and looked after us very well. We will definitely...be back again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 2 December 2021

First dinner out with friends after a long lockdown. Good to spend time with friends and the food was exceptionally good but the service was absolutely woeful. Over an hour before they took our food order (even then only because we prompted them to the...our order). Drinks took FOREVER, frequently they got it wrong. Three hours after arriving we had just finished our main course - would have loved dessert but feared pressure sores on our butts waiting so long!! The staff weren't outright rude but disinterested, insightless and just really bad at their job - the chefs did a great job but were totally let down by the waiting staff. No plans to go back there!!!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021

I recall this being a cheerful restaurant with good food and a decor that inspired the slightly quirky. Something has changed. The food was good - service was okay although they seemed a little rushed - and wine selection was quite good. The decor has...gone and lighting was over bright in some spots and dark in others. For a quality food restaurant some work may be needed to get the atmosphere to match.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 May 2021

The food here is amazing. The vibe of the whole resturant is really nice and relaxed. I do not drink - the non-alcoholic options were great and very refreshing. The entire meal from entrée to dessert was excellent. The flavours were on point and food...was fresh. The staff were very knowledgeable about the menu as well and were lovely to deal with. Would happily come back!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 April 2021

Excellent meal! We had the eye fillet and the fish...every dish was incredible and ironically the dishes I naturally wouldn’t have chosen were among my favourites! Their service was amazing too. We finished off with a delicious dessert, the chocolate yule log which was amazing!...Great to have such a high quality fine dining restaurant in Hamilton.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Response from Sue663 | Reviewed this property |
No - this isn’t family friendly. I’d recommend Gothenburg instead.
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
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