Family friendly, not too expensive. Service was polite.
Starters were nice enough- large serves! Not particularly ‘tasty’ but looked good. My seafood chowder was good but I would have expected a bit more from a restaurant that seems to specialise in seafood. There were two cockles/clams/pipis (depending on where you’re from) in their shells on top with some garnish but the chowder itself was too finely chopped- sort of like if you made it from supermarket ‘seafood mix’ rather than any large bits of squid or whole prawns, pieces of lobster/crayfish. It was a bit ‘bland white sauce’ than if it was made on a good seafood stock with white wine and herbs to add some punch. I was a bit disappointed. My wife’s arancini balls were nice (5 or 6 large balls!) but I have to say a bit bland - the sauce with them was nice though!
The mains selection was in my mind lacking. Seafood is more than just fish. There was no seafood platter or anything other than fish. Nice fish with salad and fries/polenta cake fries, but nothing seafood-wise we hadn’t had elsewhere in NZ, and no clams, oysters, prawns, crayfish, squid, octopus or crabs. Some of these things were available as an entree but weren’t on the mains menu. I think if you’re not going to do a lamb rack or thick porterhouse steak with prawns as a “reef and beef” (other options were vegetarian), an expensive ‘signature’ platter would be a good option - and I would have bought it!
The wine list was quite good and not all crazy prices.
Setting was nice in an old house, with indoor or outdoor options and a box of toys available for our toddler to play with whilst he waited for dinner.
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