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“Excellent steak, fish, service”
Review of Plato

Plato
Ranked #9 of 410 Restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$25
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
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Reviewed 22 April 2016

The service was top notch and flawless - attentive, thorough, relatively quick, and friendly. The server was very happy to share with us the specials of the day, and also did not rush us into finishing our meal - explicitly or otherwise (such as bringing the bill without us asking).

The steak was perfect. The doneness was right on point, and so was the seasoning. The sides were very yummy!

We also had the blue cod with apple and cucumber salsa. I have never seen such a generous serving of blue cod for $30+, and the fish was not only fresh but cooked well. The flesh was shimmery white, and each chunk slid off the rest with ease. It tasted fantastic.

We loved the mains so much that we decided to give their desserts a try. No regrets with the brownie dish, which came warm with a side of lovely vanilla ice cream, a dash of cream, drizzled with chocolate fudge and topped off with berries. Wasn't strikingly inventive but I cannot fault a good dessert, especially when it followed an immaculate serving of mains.

Pity we only stayed a night in Dunedin - we would have almost certainly returned another night to try the other dishes!

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

My husband and I had the misfortune of going to this place last night (we didn't select it, another member did unfortunately). We both had the Chicken meal as my husband was not in the mood for seafood and I can't stand it. We received 1 breast of chicken (butterflied out to make it look larger), 3 small potatoe halves (my husband got 4) and roughly 2 tablespoons of a green vege (we think Kale) all for the sum of NZ$34. Ouch, for not much food! We both had the same dessert, and it actually was just the right amount of sickening chocolate to tart berries - it didn't make us feel full though. We felt guilty that another member was paying as we left that place feeling hungry - the first time we have ever left a restaurant feeling hungry! If we hadn't have had out of town guests with us we would have stopped elsewhere for something to eat on the way home. As it was when we got home my husband raided the fridge for something to eat.

NEVER AGAIN will we go to this place. Overpriced food, for not much to eat and all they seemed interested in was selling us booze.

Date of visit: April 2016
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1  Thank Ker365
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Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Quirky eclectic surroundings - delicious fresh fish, great puddings and good coffee. Although the young waiter said that the place was named after the philosopher, there were no references to him amongst the plethora of ornaments and memorabilia.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Jim_Nadia
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Reviewed 27 March 2016

The location isn't much as it's not downtown and doesn't have a view. The interior has a wall that looks like your grandmother's knick-knack shelf and the whole feel is not what you would call "fine dining." Bottom line is the food is worth the somewhat unorthodox setting. We were a bit confused by the array of options available, but with the help of our waiter ordered a "fillet" with a "kelp crust." It was one of the best dishes we had in New Zealand and we had a LOT of good meals. We ordered the dish as a "main" which we shared and there was plenty for both of us. We had several types of fish from which to choose and this is where the waiter's help was useful. The "kelp crust" wasn't so much a crust as strips of kelp which has the fish a wonderful, slightly salty finish. Don't be afraid to ask for help from the wait staff!

Date of visit: March 2016
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Thank Linda D
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

The menu is very extensive (maybe too much) and the kitchen tries to be 'all things to all men/women'. I had the garlic-rich risotto and it was excellent (entree) and the chili-lime plate-fried gurnard (main) which was good. The prices are very high and the service matches the prices, but the overall experience does not and it isn't a place that I would take people for business meals -- it is better suited to special occasions with friends. One piece of advice for the owners: you are in a port environment and the former Seafarers Building so why not have a nautical theme? It would work really well and would be very interesting; or, you could embrace the name of the restaurant and take a 'high brow' approach and have a décor that facilitates discussion and promotes 'culture' and art.

Date of visit: March 2016
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1  Thank Paul H
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