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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 8 December 2023 via mobile

Fish of the day, steak, bottle of wine. We sat at a very cramped table, with some drinkers bottom hanging out of her trousers behind me. Very noisy (the bar, not the bottom) . The food was cooked well, and tasty, but the portions for...what we were charged were very small. I expected more, in every sense of the word. And much less of visible body parts.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023 via mobile

We ordered the pork bao buns, roll your own beef pancakes, the fish, flat iron steak and sticky date pudding. Everything was cooked perfectly, presented well and the food arrived in good time. With hindsight I would order a couple of vegetable based sides for...balance as although the flavours in the food are delicious we do not eat a lot of salt and found some of them to be very rich (e.g. kewpie sauce on the flat iron steak). Our server Georgia and the front desk staff were great and we will dine here again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023 via mobile

Food was dreadful. We had the $62 pp meal for four. The chicken was tasty, but dry. The pork belly was dry. The lamb was inedible because it was so so dry and over salted. The fries were dry. Asparagus and chèvre were not dry,...but poorly balanced taste wise. Two out of four of us thought the food was good, but also admitted they prefer overcooked meat. Wait staff were good. Two of us felt unwell overnight and this morning. Judging by other reviews, it could have just been a bad night. We won’t be hurrying back. Disappointing as it’s in our neighbourhood.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

A very lively place with a great menu. We were specifically there for the sharing dishes and they did not disappoint! We had great advice about how many to pick for our group and they were all delicious and generous in size. Particular standouts were...the goats cheese and the duck pancakes. We had the best table in the house, tucked into the corner by the window, and were warm and cosy. Service was efficient and friendly. Would highly recommend. Bookings advised as it's clearly a very popular spot!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

Wont go back. Especially went for the pizzas which was dry and pretty underwhelming. Not a Sunday lunch venue. Music too loud even after we asked if it could be turned down.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 20 May 2023

Our Dad's 84th Birthday celebration, good food but being chased off our table of 4 after an hour and a half so the table could be prepared for the next customer and being told to drink my coffee quickly isn't acceptable for a bill of...$300+ Are they forgetting who pays their salaries - we won't be back!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 4 May 2023 via mobile

We had a lovely visit with friends, we sat outside even if it was a little cold we. We were underneath the heat lamps on the deck. Service by the young waitress with long brown hair was fantastic, wish we got her name. The food...was fantastic I had the squid which I will really recommend. Overall a nice dinner and chilled atmosphere!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 February 2023 via mobile

What a jewel for Palmerston North. Amazing food, great service and reasonable prices. We had an amazing fun night, a great atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 10 January 2023 via mobile

I have dined here on a few occasions The food is always great. The Marino lamb leg is my favorite and usually my go to, it's easy to order too much food here as there's so much to choose from, and it's Tapas style so...easy to get carried away. Definitely be back numerous times.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022

Outstanding again, we ordered far too much as usual, totally enjoyed it all, flavours were just delicious but the standout was the lamb which was quite simply perfect. Service was quick, friendly and welcoming. Not cheap but worth every penny for a special occasion. Thanks...for having us! Can't wait till next time.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 25 July 2022 via mobile

We arrived to Palmerston North @ 6pm after a long road trip , 4 adults just needing a good dinner & a glass of wine- after a quick google check phoned The Fat Farmer . From That second to the minute we left it was...absolutely faultless ! A professional young lady pleasantly fitted us in we were greeted offered blankets etc as we had an outside but covered table. The menu was Tapa style , the owner was our waitress she provided the best service we have had in years - drinks arrived quickly even though it was a busy night . The meals /tapas were FABULOUS, the lamb was simply superb melting off the bone . We cannot thank Grace our waitress & part owner enough for her impeccable but casual relaxed service & good recommendations. Yes it is not cheap however it was worth every cent . A wonderful dinner with great friends. Well done to the Fat Farmer team!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 9 July 2022 via mobile

We arrived on a Saturday at 4 30 no booking but they found us a table. Friendly service we ordered the delicious chicken thigh & Bao buns. Flavours were amazing, we ordered the dessert of the day. Highly recommend dining here, we can't wait to...return & try other mealsMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 February 2022

We recently visited The Fat Farmer in the Hokiwhitu Village for the first time. Fabulous food, fabulous wine list and fabulous management and staff. A great dining experience. We were well looked after by Management and Waiting staff. I recommend the management give Anna our...Waitress for the evening a bonus - she was super! ;-) Thanks Team Cheers Tom and JillMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 22 November 2021

A special night out was made even more special by exceptional service, delicious food and a great vibe! Admittedly we had the best seat in the house, but though it was extremely busy the staff were all relaxed and friendly and we weren't made to...feel rushed.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 28 July 2021

Wow! What can I say?! First time eating here and the food was delicious. We had duck pancakes, fried chicken and pork belly bao buns. Absolutely delicious. Price was reasonable for the quality of food we received and the service was impeccable/impressive. We’ll be back...again to try more on the menu :-)More

Date of visit: July 2021
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