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“A bitter fish to swallow”

The Saucy Chef on St Andrew
Ranked #8 of 117 Restaurants in Invercargill
Price range: US$15 - US$42
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Have been here several times. It's pretty hit and miss whether you'll get a good meal. Unfortunately it's more miss than hit.

The resaurant is typical of those owned by the local liquor licensing trust. Expect expensive low quality food.

For the latest experience I tried a seafood salad. Smoked salmon with scallops and prawns. The prawns were cooked well. There were two scallops of which one was very overcooked and the other overcooked. The salmon was inedible - very dry and with an extremely bitter taste. It was sent back to the kitchen were the excuse came back that it was the method of smoking and that's how it was. In my experience that's the result of bad smoking.

The atmosphere is very noisey which is perhaps better suited large groups that don't care about anyone else or the food they get served.

Recommend that you give this place a miss and find somewhere else.

Thank Kelwyn O
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thesaucychef2017, Manager at The Saucy Chef on St Andrew, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2017

Hi there Kelwyn O,

We are disappointed to hear about your unsatisfactory experience you had with us, i can assure you this is not of our usual standard. It would be very much appreciated if you please contact us so we can get more details to be able to look into this further, to avoid this happening again.
Kind Regards
James Botting
Restaurant Manager

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Based solely on Trip Advisor reviews, we chose The Saucy Chef for a family Christmas get together. Their Brunch menu was perfect - something for everyone including two tempting vegetarian options. The waitress was amazing! Friendly, great food recommendations and super accommodating. We were a group of 14, which must have been a pain for the kitchen, however food came out all at once, beautifully presented and fantastically tasty. Have to say, their dessert menu was the best I've seen in a very long time. Looking forward to going back again soon.

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1  Thank kat_irons
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thesaucychef2017, Manager at The Saucy Chef on St Andrew, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2017

Hi there Kat_irons,

Thankyou very much for a great review! we work really hard to offer the best food and the best atmosphere possible so i am happy to see that reflected on your visit. I have passed on your great feedback to your waitress on the day, and she is also pleased you enjoyed your family get together with us.
Look forward to seeing you next time.

James Botting
Restaurant Manager

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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

We were recommended this place to eat by the motel we were staying at. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. Would love to eat here again if ever in Invercargill

1  Thank Elizabeth G
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thesaucychef2017, Manager at The Saucy Chef on St Andrew, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Hi Elizabeth G,

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us, we would love to see you next time your are down in Invercargill.

James Botting
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Visited on a Monday night, restaurant was busy, the staff were very friendly, the menu has a lot of choices and the food presentation and flavours were outstanding. Highly recommend.

1  Thank R8581QDsuem
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thesaucychef2017, Manager at The Saucy Chef on St Andrew, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hi R8581QDsuem

Thanks for your review, we are pleased that you enjoy your evening with us.
We look forward to seeing you next time

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James Botting
Restaurant Manager

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed my meal as I usually do but the service seemed particularly slow for the amount of people that were dining that evening

Thank Amanda K
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thesaucychef2017, Manager at The Saucy Chef on St Andrew, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Hi Amanda K,

Thank-You for taking the time to review us, Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and our apologies that the service was not up to the usual standard. I will pass this on to the team. We hope that you will visit us again in the future.

James Botting
Restaurant Manager

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