Reviews for Nuffield Street Cafe
3 days ago
Went in around 4 on a Sunday looking for something light to eat and a cup of coffee. My wife ordered waffles, bacon and fried banana. All in all food and drinks were really nice. Really liked the decor - stood apart in appearance to most cafe interiors. Waitress was really welcoming and accommodating which is always a bonus when you have a Baby with you. We will be back for sure. Menu looked really appetising, the ambience made me feel relaxed and the staff were genuinely really nice. Glad we found them. Will report more after the return trip.
17 days ago
Enjoyed time spent there with my friends. Service was quick and food was nice, but expansive. I had a hot chocolate and baggel , baggel was a bit over priced for its worth.
by A Culinary Affair
one month ago
The back story : Located next to the busy Macs Brew Bar on Nuffield street and just down the road from Wagamamas, Nuffield St Cafe is often overlooked. Although nestled between two big 'brand' name restaurants, the cafe still oozes its own character and makes a good character stamp amongst its big brothers on the street. Captured by its colourful blackboard and funky wall decor, I returned one rainy weeknight to try this.
Setting: With a cheerful sign outside proclaiming wedges, chorizo, prawn skewers as tapas and fresh pizza and pasta, I could not overlook coming in to try this. The pictures on the wall matched the vibrant signage displayed outside and on its blackboard. With an equally energetic Spanish host and colourful food to match, the place felt like it was bubbling with happiness and fun. It certainly put us in a talkative mood after a long day's work. Definitely a place to sit down and relax if you're wanting some here upbeat and cheerful.
Food: With pasta and pizza options as well as lamb, pork, chicken and fish options plus tapas options - we were initially a little overwhelmed as to what to choose. Closer scrutiny of the pastas revealed that all were cream based choices however and as we were wanting something more solid, we ended up with a pizza to share plus tapas so we could try more options. The chorizos and wedges came first as tapas and were great comfort foods - crisp with warm fluffy potato inside, the wedges were just the way wedges should be. Lightly seasoned but with good taste it was a good starting accompaniment to our drinks. The chorizo appeared small for its price, but was flavoursome with caramelised onion stired through. Next came the pizza - a Hawaiian but with bacon instead of ham which was a welcome treat. Lots of topping on a crunchy base - this was well done and generous in size. The prawn skewers came last and these were somewhat disappointing - the prawns had a frozen taste despite the garlic butter that it had obviously been cooked in. We were satiated anyhow with the other options so the prawns were left this particular
occassion. The dessert options looked tempting with coconut panna cotta, banana tarte tatin and creme brulee - but unfortunately we had no room to try these this time. Prices were generally reasonable and midrange with mains around mid twenties and entrees around $10-$12, though pizzas were around $20- making them slightly more pricey than other pizza establishments.
Occasion : Spacious yet generally smaller tables mean good for small groups or intimate dates - less for larger group functions. Good place to catch up with a friend or for an upbeat date - the quieter environment means you can chat and have a drink without the background busyness of a bar.
Revisit potential : 7/10
by Aniva Huang
one month ago
Came here when we couldn't decide where to eat for lunch.
We decided to share a pasta and risotto.
They were both really good!
The waitress was super friendly and helpful.
She politely let us know that the kitchen was closing soon but did not rush us as we were eating.
by Joe Critic
one month ago
Came in for lunch for their lunch special $13.50 for calamari. Which was very nice!! The only comments I have are as follows.
Service was alright even though it was quiet. They were pleasant and friendly.
The food as mentioned was very nice. However value for money. Questionable. 3 pieces of calamari with a large portion of rocket salad. Would of expected 6 pieces for that value. More like an entrée than a main.
by Chelsea Okabe-Fox
4 months ago
The food was delicious but the service was a bit average, it was disappointing because the cafe wasn't very busy yet the staff seemed busy doing other things than seeing the tables.
by Sue Smith
4 months ago
Had an average experience here, food was overpriced but coffee was excellent..! Staff were welcoming but a man was standing around behind the counter talking and not serving customers.
by Jasmine Lang
5 months ago
The food is good here and service is excellent although I find the menu to be very overpriced. The food I bought was not worth the money I paid.
7 months ago
Trialling cafe food and coffee has become a new found love for me - although I was guttered to have to come here, I quickly found reasons to love it. They offer free wifi, an all day breakfast menu, specials and even alcohol.
The coffee was amazing, i do prefer my flat whites really flat (almost no foam) but the one I had today was great, not bitter and didn't require any sugar! Allpress is definitely my favourite coffee bean brand at the moment. The coffee art left little satisfaction but I'm the 'stir my coffee' kind of person so it's not a huge loss. My friend wasn't too happy with her soy latte and neither was I when I tried it, there was also a piece of fluff in the foam....
The food took a while to arrive which is disappointing as there wasn't too many customers when we had ordered and during our wait. My friends dishes arrived before mine, and I noticed the chef was making the hollandaise sauce - i love that it's homemade and possibly made to order which would mean its fresh, however im not impressed because my food was luke warm which shows it had been ready for a while and kept in the oven.
My friend's beef burger patty was homemade which is good to see, the beetroot tasted fairly disgusting and was happily left on a plate but it was really shocking to see a short black hair on the lettuce. My other friend's paleo breakfast also contained another short black hair. I did notice the chef and sous chef weren't wearing hair nets or any form of headwear and would recommend them to from now onwards as a safety measure.
Chances are, I won't be coming back to this cafe for breakfast and will most likely venture into Massimo next door instead, however, I would definitely stop by again for the coffee !
by Lucy Lim
7 months ago
My friends and I came here for lunch today and we left feeling quite disappointed. There has been quite a bit of hype about this place but unfortunately I don't see why. Nothing amazing in my opinion. I ordered the paleo breakfast and a soy latte. My friends had a bacon eggs benedict, a beef burger and two flat whites. We waited for a while which didn't make much sense as there were only four other customers around (which already had their food). When the food finally arrived we tucked in but to my surprise I found a hair in my dish and my friend also had a hair in his burger. Definitely not worth the wait and it is safe to say that we won't be returning any time soon.... Or ever. So so so sad as the eggs were cooked to perfection! The one upside :(
by Two Dark Coffees
9 months ago
Before seeing the film "One Hundred Foot Journey" thanks to Zomato, my sister and I popped into Nuffield Street Cafe for a bit of dinner.
Having been once before for lunch, we wanted to give the dinner menu a go.
Meals are priced well here, so there's something to suit everyones budget. With a limited amount of time we went straight into mains. I choose the Portobello Mushroom Risotto and my sister was sold on having cuts of New Zealand Beef on two slices of ciabatta.
The service was top notch but that was probably helped by the fact that we were the only ones dining in.
The food was good, nothing stood out. The portions were decent; I was completely full after my meal and that's a teenager's appetite.
This place is slipping down a point from my usual 4/5 grade due to it's average food and setting. The place looks as if it is part restaurant, part bar, whilst trying to pull of a Shakey Isle quirky cafe vibe.
A fun place to grab some lunch but maybe try something along the road for dinner? That would be my suggestion anyway.
by Eat Pray Love
9 months ago
Tried Nuffield Street Cafe for lunch today! I have been here a couple of times for coffee but I had never tried their food.
They have a new menu up which is quite extensive with breakfast items being served till 3, and various options for lunch from burgers, to salads to pizza's and more! I ordered the tandoori chicken pizza and my friend ordered the Cajun chicken burger with fries.
I really enjoyed my pizza! It was a perfect size for lunch, and I enjoyed the amount of cheese on it (cheesey pizza fanatic!!). The chicken had really good flavour to it and I liked the red onions on the pizza too.
My friend really enjoyed her burger as well! Staff were very friendly and welcoming and the cafe itself was very clean and well presented.
Would highly recommend and will definitely be going back!
by Harman Singh
9 months ago
Went out for dinner on Friday night, the place was going off so decided to walk in as never tried it before. Even though the place was packed the waiters made us feel we were the only ones in the restaurant and there was no ignorance that you'll feel at other places. Food was great and bartender did a great job with making us a special cocktail since I told him make me a surprise drink. Would recommend this place out to anyone.
by Ekta Sharma
9 months ago
My sister and I met up with our friend here for dinner one night! We'd not been here before so it was going to be quite a surprise!
We ordered coffee to begin with and they were good! (Not a fan of a bad coffee experiences, I'd never go back if I have an average coffee. Ever) but I've been back here for my breaks after that night!
Anyways the menu was quite cool! There were all kinds of dishes so a lot to choose from! Perfect as my sister and I have very different tastes! I opted for the chicken pizza and my sister got the chicken stir fry! My friend ordered the Israeli cous cous and honestly they looked great! My photos don't really do it justice!
I'm pretty pucky with my pizza! The base has to be just right and fresh! Same with the ingredients! I don't want to feel like I'm at Pizza Hut,! But I didn't here. There were plenty of toppings on the pizza! It was really unique! Unfortunately I couldn't finish it up! But that's good, cause whenever I go out with my male friends they care about proportions! So men will not be disappointed!
My sisters chicken stir fry was epic! The veges were nice and fresh and chunky! Which is how we both liked it! Considering there was rice and chicken, we both felt the proportions of meat + veges + carbs was spot on!!
I didn't try the Israeli cous cous as I was super full! But it looked insane! And my friend (male) was really satisfied! He's also quite picky! So I think Nuffield's doing something right!!
In terms of customer service, there's two particular staff members whenever I go in for my coffee fix and they're really nice! Know them a little bit now, and I've seen them engaging with other patrons. So... so far, so good for me! ????
Drove passed yesterday and I saw they have a new menu!!! Keen to try it out this week! Will post up how that goes!
by Portia Ross
9 months ago
This morning we came and had breakfast. We've been many times before and really enjoyed. Today was terrible. Coffee was ok but took a while considering there was only 1 other guy in the whole place. Freshly squeezed juice was great. The girl serving us smelt so bad, didn't write down our order (which is fine as I never did) but gave wrong cutlery and forgot the bread we had requested. The food was extremely average. Mushrooms were sickly sweet and when I told her this she stated "you should have told me". Was unprofessional and unapologetic about the mistake with bread. Then chased us out the door stating we hadn't paid the remainder of bill (which we had but she walked away while it was going through) I told her this and she continued to say we hadn't. Made her reprint last receipt as it would be our payment, after repeating this several times she finally did. She then laughed and did the most insincere, pathetic attempt at an apology. All while the manager watched and said nothing. This is true example of people buying a business without good hospo knowledge and expecting it to run itself without training their staff or caring about good hospitality. I will tell everyone who listens to not come here and I guess a lot of people know this already as to why it was pretty empty the whole time we were there.
11 months ago
rude rude young man working as a barrista.
will not go back
they had breakfast special written outside
ham cheese croissant for 6.50
ordered it has he charged me $9
I asked about the price and he said do you want small or large.
I could tell he was already frustrated with me
I didn't want to eat there anymore so I got my money back and left
I just thought a warm welcoming and polite manner would be nice.
maybe he needs more training on how to treat clients?
11 months ago
Had late lunch here at around 3pm today. As they don’t have all day breakfast we chose dishes from the lunch menu. I ordered fish fingers ($17) on their “Special” menu and my boyfriend ordered house smoked salmon & calamari salad ($20.5). It took a while for our dishes to arrive but we waited happily with coffees we ordered, which were pretty average. When my fish fingers were served, I was stunned by the tiny portion and poorly made salad. The fishy smell and funny taste that went into my mouth was terrible and every bite of the fish fingers was like a torture to me. I couldn't finish it all because I was quite concerned with the obviously not so fresh ingredient they used. Also on the menu it says the fish fingers will be served with tartar sauce but what I got was sweet chili sauce that you can get pretty cheap for a whole big bottle. I don’t mind eating fish fingers with sweet chili sauce, really, but I had not been informed in any way that the tartar sauced is now changed to sweet chili sauce! On the other hand, my boyfriend’s salad was better compared to mine although the amount of salmon and fried calamari on the plate was apparently disproportionate. I do like how the fried calamari is crispy and all, but where’s the salmon? I had a hard time finding pieces of smoked salmon underneath all the salad and calamari. Here’s the best, when we were paying our bill at the counter the guy who served us asked how’s everything, etc. I told him “I don’t think the fish is very fresh aye.” And he said to me “So you don’t like the fish?”. I said, “No.” Uh…I mean, what kind of logic is that? What happens to “Okay I’ll sort this out with the kitchen” or apologizing to the customer because of the poor quality of food they served? I just don’t get it and I won’t be back.
by Sheldon Cullen
Jun 22, 2014
I have been into this cafe every morning for the past 2 weeks and i really love it. Your manager/barrister in the mornings is always friendly and welcoming. Who by the way makes an amazing coffee. I definitely think the standard has risen in the last month especially in the mornings. 2 months back it was a shambles. Good job!!
I would also like to inform you of one staff member at this cafe who has very unpleasant body odour. I assume other customers will agree.
Jun 06, 2014
Came for breakfast and coffee. I was intrigued by their willingness to use almond milk in coffees so I ordered a vanilla latte with almond milk. That was a bad idea, the coffee was horrible, very very strong and the almond milk separated, I couldn't finish it. So bad risk taking on my part but I feel like maybe they should know almond milk isn't the best for coffee making.
Got the pancakes, where they were obviously from frozen and not freshly cooked pancakes, accompanied by cold berries, no cream and a tiny serve of maple syrup, I did get more when I asked though. The pancakes weren't filling and definitely were not worth the $16.90
we should have just gone to our regular Massimo cafe next door where we are always satisfied with our meals, but you never know if you don't try these things I guess.
by Gerard Bracken
May 24, 2014
Great food ruined by amateur unprofessional and rude service.
Took a friend here on a visit from the UK - never again. This place really needs some very basic staff training. Rude young waitress with an attitude and no clue how to take card payments.
May 14, 2014
Great menu options, beer on tap and attentive service! Great food and relaxed atmosphere!
Apr 12, 2014
Really really bad service. Nobody took our food order, the coffee took 30 minutes to arrive, the food even longer and when we went to pay they charged us for food we didn't even have! He wouldn't give me the bill till after I had paid and when checked they charged us 3 extra items and when I went back to tell him, he got angry at me and said "ALRIGHT ALRIGHT"
Never going back.
by Jo Zhou
Jan 01, 2014
Had brunch here this morning. Given it was New Years day, a public holiday, there wasn't much open. From the outside, the decor looked fresh and inviting. On entering the cafe, we pretty much seated ourselves as the one waiter was occupied.That's fine, I'm happy to do so, but on approaching us, he was unfriendly. He actually looked like he didn't want to be there. Not a great start to brunch out.
Whilst looking at the menu, we noticed this waiter was turning away customers and saying they were unable to take tables for another hour. However, on looking around, I wouldn't say it was overly busy. On counting, there was one barista, 3 people in the kitchen, and 1 waiter taking orders and clearing tables. That should be manageable for the number of tables occupied... maybe about 4 to 5 tables were seated at the time? On observing, there was no sense of urgency in their work.
The food was alright as far as brunch goes. But the service had room for improvement. I would not be returning in a hurry, there's other cafes' that could deliver both food and service.
by Lily H
Dec 16, 2013
We had dinner here last week and it was excellent. The meals were lovely, really delicious and great value. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. However it did seem as though they could have done with one more person on the floor as the two poor wait staff were run off their feet keeping everything running smoothly. There also seemed to be an issue with the Barman/Barista which I don't know if it was him being slow (he didn't seem very busy) or if the staff were not passing on the drink orders quickly as the drinks took longer to arrive than our meals. Ordering drinks is my only issue with this place. It was a hot evening and we would have ordered more drinks but they took so long to come that we didn't bother. I always thought that drinks were where these places made the most money? If it wasn't for the drink issue I would have given 5 stars.
by Lynn Josephine Lim
Jul 07, 2013
Pricey and poor execution on breakfast/brunch dishes; salmon scrambled eggs - over scrambled and rubbery because of it. egg bene looked anorexic and lonely on the plate with 2 pieces of toasts. Coffee often tasted burnt, looked muddy and over pressed with no crema.
by Emma Craig
Mar 12, 2013
Had friend's birthday dinner here. It was nice, relaxing atmosphere and service was great. Loved their specials !!
Scotch fillet perfectly cooked with great flavours and risotto was nice too. Highly recommend.
by Ella T
Mar 01, 2013
Very slow service and no sense of urgency with the wait staff. We arrived before the midday lunch crowd at 11.40 and approached the counter when we were told we should take a seat and someone would come to look after us. Waited for about 5 minutes (where we noticed a few tables were still uncleared around us) before the staff on floor came over to ask if we were being looked after.
I ordered coffee first and she went away which I assume was to tell the barista behind the bar before coming back to take our order, but for the next 10 minutes I see them going around and cleaning tables and chatting with another male customer. Once we ordered our food and me thinking they had completely forgotten my coffee order, I hear the coffee machine start and I finally get my latte.
Food was average but my experience with their time management was to be desired. How was I keeping track of the time? Had limited parking time at a 1 hour spot which I ended up having to move in the middle of lunch
by Kristie Yorston
Feb 15, 2013
As soon as I walked in the staff seemed uninterested. I ordered a long black coffee, and no food.
I waited for 15 minutes in a cafe with around 10 patrons and 5 staff for my long black. When it eventually came, it was passed over with a lack-lustre apology and looked terrible. Watery, and no crema. Took a sip- burnt. Allpress coffee should not be served like that.
My train was due in 10 minutes so I needed to leave. Disappointing to say the least as I had seen that there were great reviews on here.
by Georgina Grey
Feb 03, 2013
Colourful lunch menu which catered for the needs of every individual within our group. Quality, not quantity within the portions and presentation excellent. Previously I had dined on occasion for lunch and had enjoyed the atmosphere so bought clients for an informal lunch and it was a success. The cafe can be quite noisy when busy due to the high ceilings which can be a challenge if dining with more than 2 guests.
by Sammie Fung
Nov 06, 2012
I had lunch here today with a friend of mine.
We were walking through Nuffield Street and we thought that the Cafe looked interesting so we went in.
I must admit, the atmosphere and the interior design are stunning.
The waitress took a while to come and take our order. Nonetheless, we were still pleased as our food came really quickly and it was absolutely delicious. My friend had the mushroom and chicken risotto, whereas I had the Kumara Soup- both were reasonably priced. Both my friend and I wanted to come back again and try other dishes as were amazed at how good and how filling the food was.
Oct 07, 2012
We often eat out, enjoy fine dining, but more often are looking for reasonably priced European style food before the movies.
We have found quite a few restaurants where the food and service are good (sometimes even better) but we NEVER BEFORE have found any of them with anything but cheap or mediocre wines.
These guys have not one, but TWO very good quality chardonnays, and both were reasonably priced (for us this is definitely a first). We also appreciated a better than average New Zealand red, again, at a very reasonable price.
We enjoyed the food; the service was better than average, the decor and ambience also a plus.
We rated this 4 stars only because we could not figure out how to give it 4 1/2.
Can't wait for our next movie.
by Karyn Borman
Sep 22, 2012
One of my favourite places to eat when I am in Auckland, the food is always great and the service excellent. I have been many times for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and have never left disappointed. The banana tarte tartin is to die for. A great place to meet up with friends, and it is also very child friendly.
by Craig Cotton
Sep 18, 2012
Love this place... Eddie and his team are excellent and it's great to experience an owner who lives and breaths his business and is focused on his customers!
Had a great meal a couple of weeks back... Their eye fillet steak is first class and so this morning I decided to try their breakfast menu and their smoked salmon scrambled eggs is WOW!
Awesome place a must try!
I will be back!
by Bethany Hardie
Jun 10, 2012
Forgot to write a review for this earlier but went here for Mother's Day with my sisters and mother and it was such a great night. The staff are fun and make a huge effort to provide excellent service. The food was delicious and I was so full afterwards! The desserts were awesome. I'm looking forward to dining there again with my husband so he can enjoy the experience too.
by Jessica Sharp
Apr 19, 2012
Had a fabulous lunch here. The Lamb Salad was just sensational, best lamb in a long time and perfect portioning as well. My friend had the Tuscan Beef which she also raved about. The service was spot on and the atmosphere was great. Definitely a must go to!
by Kathryn Price
Apr 16, 2012
The decor is rather stark. Our waiter referred to us several times as 'girls' (two ladies in our late 40s) and 'love' which I felt were both a little inappropriate.
Our meals were beautifully presented and the service was good however the fish was overcooked unfortunately and a little dry.
This is not somewhere I would return.
by Sarah Gardiner
Feb 08, 2012
Came here last weekend for the first time with some friends for lunch. Awesome food and really beautifully presented for a great price! The service was quick and attentive. Recommend the panna cotta!
Jan 13, 2012
We had our Christmas party here recently and I just wanted to say that the food was really beautiful. All the meals came out reasonably quickly and together which I know can sometimes be a nightmare with a really large group. The staff were efficient and freindly - even going to the point of tracking down the owner of a loan drink left on the bar :)
Oct 21, 2011
Love this place, it has been recently renovated and looks great, and it has been getting a lot busier. Food is great, service faultless, and they now have a pizza menu which means I can go there on a Friday night without breaking the budget! I have now been there many times for brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert and it is always an enjoyable experience. They are also very kid friendly, happy to provide smaller portion meals for my 2 year old and there is a change table in the bathroom which has come in handy a few times.
by Nicky M
Oct 16, 2011
Although I'm not the biggest fan of their new interior fit out to turn into a night-time establishment it's nice to have somewhere new to go to in Newmarket. Food is always nice here and staff here are very friendly.
Sep 09, 2011
The place next door was packed and we didn't want to wait for our breakfast so we tried here. A gem. Bacon & eggs and the full breakfast were beautiful with many tasty touches such as a good balsamic drizzle around the plate.
Less expensive than it's neighbours and a very warm welcome and farewell from the owner. Will definitely be back.
Jun 28, 2011
Kinda kicking myself for not going to this place sooner. The service is good, the food is good and the price is in line with everyone else. Deserves more patronage than its getting. Hard to set the mood when there are only 4 people in the place.
Some of the other places in Nuffield St have let themselves go but this ones a peach. You should visit!
by V Nfriends
Jun 12, 2011
There were the six of us for dinner. This is my second time. All of us agreed in unison that the food was great. Two of us had the lamb rack. Really tasty and the presentation with the accompaniment was excellent. I had the beef fillet earlier this year so recommended my friend to try. She remarked that it was very tasty and enjoyed it. However the presentation was no where near was it was like when I had it before. The disappointment was the chocolate creme brule. Heavy with none of the light creamy texture. O dear! much to improve on this. The very limited dessert selection needs to be extended. We would return for the mains and look forward to heavenly desserts.
by Lucy Beck
May 05, 2011
Have been having breakfast meetings at a couple of other places on Nuffield Street for a few years now, but the prices are getting outrageous. Thought we would try Kuzhina for a change and were very pleasantly surprised. The breakfast special of eggs, bacon and toast was perfectly cooked and well-priced. Plus the coffee was excellent. We have a new meeting venue!
by H Gibson
May 01, 2011
I'm not one to usually write reviews, however I feel compelled to write one for Kuzhina today after having a truly wonderful experience for lunch today. The staff were attentive, but discreet in their service. The food was exceptional (yet half the price of the cafe directly beside them). Even the coffee was wonderful!
If you're in Newmarket and want somewhere relaxing and tasty I would thoroughly recommend the lovely people and fab menu at Kuzhina.
by Patrick Fail
May 01, 2011
We have been several times for weekend lunches. The food quality is excellent. After a nervous start under the new ownership we have seen the restaurant develop well. Given the number of choices around Nuffield Street this is a gem. Tables are well spaced so that it's private enough. Never disappointed.
by All Food Is
Dec 27, 2010
High points: Venison
Heaven points: Crème Brulee
Low points: none
We went along for breakfast after buying one of those 1-day-deal vouchers where we got $50 of food for $25. We were impressed enough, that when we saw a similar deal for dinner we snapped it up.
Walking to Kuzhina early in the Sunday morning drizzle a few weeks ago, the café-bar is easy to spot at the railway end of Nuffield Street after a row of other cafés.
Later, when we went for dinner with a similar 1-day deal, Kuzhina is so discreet it sort of fades into insignificance on that street. Not sure why, maybe it’s because it’s narrow-fronted with only a few seats outside, and its neighbours are louder and more voluble with their seating and signage.
Either way, Kuzhina it was for us. The breakfast was the big fry up one - as an English girl I am very particular about my fry-ups, and Kuzhina’s passed with flying colours - everything you’d expect in a greaseless way of bacon, egg, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, even black pudding which is becoming a rarity in English cafes, certainly southern ones anyway. The flat-whites were to Auckland’s high standard of hot, coffee and arty foam.
For dinner, we were ushered to one of the prime window-seats. We’re all about the food because we’re hungry as a rule but the service was pleasant and just that right speed of no rush, no haste. We shared the chicken and mushroom starter and it was light and tasty, the onions probably were on the charred side of crispy but not enough to comment unfavourably. Sufficient enough for 2 to share. As my Grandma used to say, don’t want to be ‘over-faced’ before the main event.
My other half ordered the venison and I ordered the fish special - plump snapper with the some light flavoured mash potato and asparagus. Now, because the venison was so sexy, with the beetroot puree and the cherry & chocolate jus, it made the fish special taste average. Don’t get me wrong the fish was good, juicy flesh and the skin crisp. But in comparison to the taste-explosion of the venison, it was just good (what a complaint eh?)
The portions were on the healthy side - i.e., after a half-starter and a main, I was kind of full.
For pudding (that’s what we English call it) we greedily decided to have the chocolate tart for me and the crème brulee for him. But, thank God for Kiwi boyfriends, the chocolate tart was delicious but a bit heavy for me after all the other food so we swapped puddings. The crème brulee! Creamy and light, vanilla crème and that universal and ubiquitous satisfaction of the spoon snapping through the surface - the food equivalent of bubble-wrap - perfect. It was, in our experience of crème brulees, the best one ever (so far).
For the ladies, we secretly judge restaurants by their toilets: clean with attractive stream-line fittings. Not too hot (sometimes these little loos with no windows get way too sauna-like).
Kuzhina reminded us of the food alchemy of One Tree Grill / Saison (our walk-able neighbourhood) but at slightly lower prices and with slightly more food on the plate.
The crunch-test: Would we go back? Yes we would.
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