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“Excellent food experience”
Review of 50-50

50-50
Ranked #1 of 76 Restaurants in Paraparaumu
Price range: US$19 - US$37
Description: Modern New Zealand cuisine with a global twist in the heart of the Kapiti Coast. ​50-50 is what happens when you combine the freshest local produce with a local dining experience.
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Description: Modern New Zealand cuisine with a global twist in the heart of the Kapiti Coast. ​50-50 is what happens when you combine the freshest local produce with a local dining experience.
Reviewed 6 June 2021 via mobile

Went to 50 50 last night and we can't speak highly enough of the food. 9 course degustation meal with every course being fantastic. Not only was the food good but the service was outstanding. Try the coconut and lavender hot chocolate it was Devine.

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank Lesley62_12
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helen t, Owner at 50-50, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2021

Hi Lesley62_12, sounds like you had a great night at 50-50. The nine-course is the perfect way to dine with us, but I think you went one better with the coconut and lavender hot chocolate. Rich dark chocolate with a pop of fresh lavender from our garden. Thanks for coming and hopefully see you again soon, Helen.

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Reviewed 28 May 2021

We had a brilliant evening. The 6-course meal was well-paced and it was like Christmas as each course came to the table - what artistry would this be? Right from the start with the sensational and new (for us) Japanese flavours, we were hooked. I was impressed that the chef was so amenable to my no-fish request as well.
The delicate, beautifully sized helpings were perfect and we left feeling well-nourished but not horribly over-fed, as can sometimes happen when dining out. We scraped every tangy morsel from our plates simply because we wanted to savour every delicious last drop. There wasn't a bit of anything that I didn't like, or wasn't that keen on.
The tastes were so fresh, and combinations were exciting and a joy to sample. Probably one of the best series of meals I have ever had.
The waitresses were informative, friendly, polite, and just right. But never obtrusive or forgetful - just right. Take a bow.
If there was one minor 'meh' comment, it would be that the music was a tad too loud for our ears. You can't accommodate everyone's tastes, but it was just a little too loud for us to be able to talk very easily. We could have asked to have it turned down but it wasn't that bad, and we were so enjoying ourselves we were able to ignore it! Not a biggy though.
It was exactly the place we had been trying to find since moving to the Kapiti Coast. A special experience, exceptional cuisine and a whole evening's delight.
I can't wait to return.

Date of visit: May 2021
Thank NZChurchmouse
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helen t, Owner at 50-50, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2021

Hi NZChurchmouse, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on 50-50. It was our pleasure to take you on a food journey and we really enjoyed meeting you. Now that you’ve found us, we look forward to seeing you again soon, Helen.

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Reviewed 24 March 2021 via mobile

The best food that we’ve had in NZ for many years. Each course was absolutely plate licking delicious. We look forward to coming back

Date of visit: March 2021
Thank docjohnnz
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helen t, Owner at 50-50, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2021

Hi docjohnnz, we’re very humbled by your review. Thank you so much. We change the menu every month so we look forward to having clean plates come back again. See you soon, Helen

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Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

Good food and foody experience. This place is a great wee find tucked away in a slightly unusual spot in Paraparaumu Beach shops. But once you’re inside you are transformed from casual Kapiti to a proper dining experience. Degustation dining is fun as everyone gets to play food critic for the night. All those lockdown hours watching cooking shows comes into play now as you can nibble and taste away to see if the menu descriptions live up to the billing. Our waitress was great. The food amazing. All six dishes were good with three standouts. Nice wine list. Definitely worth booking and visiting.

Date of visit: February 2021
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helen t, Owner at 50-50, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2021

Hi888hamm, pleasure to have you at 50-50. Glad you put those viewing hours to excellent use. Now that you’ve found us, we look forward to having you back. Talk soon, Helen

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Reviewed 15 January 2021

A special Birthday dinner for moi, we selected the six-course menu and I decided on the wine matching option seeing as I wasn't driving home. The surroundings are minimal and the food divine. Waiting staff are very knowledgeable and their course descriptions were spot on. An easy starter with the seared salmon then a flavour explosion with the Chilled Cucumber Soup, as it turned out to be my favourite of the night, not to say everything else wasn't just as good. Each wine match was perfect and the final dessert wine the highlight. 50/50 is one of the best dining experiences we have and is right up there when comparing similar, such as Logan Brown in Wellington. One very small improvement could be having chilled tap water for the table rather than unchilled in the jug.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Thank Mike B
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helen t, Owner at 50-50, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2021

Hi ActionHero47, out of all the previous 46 action heroes we’ve met, you are by far our favourite and definitely the best reviewer. Thanks for celebrating your birthday and sharing your experience with us. See you again, Helen

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