Reviews for Poderi Crisci Restaurant
by Rachael Claudette
2 months ago
A group of us went here for a birthday and loved it.
The surroundings and grounds are beautiful.
After seeing all the drying meats, my company were super excited to get eating, I on the other hand was worried how they would cater to a vegan. Looking at the menu, I could see it would be impossible for me to eat here, so I spoke to the waiter.
He advised we try the La Fiducia dello Chef: trust the Chef to prepare 4 courses. The waiter went to speak to the chef about whether he was willing to cater to a vegan. He came back saying the chef has never cooked vegan and was really looking forward to playing around to create a great meal for me. My whole group felt so well taken care of when we dined here. The atmosphere is very family like and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable. When you break it down, Poderi is reasonably well priced $120 for 2, including 4 glasses of wine each.
It is so nice to see a restaurant really take care with their food, you can see and taste the passion and love that goes into everything the chef makes. I loved it at Poderi Crisci, everyone was so friendly, the food was amazing and the grounds were breathtaking. I 100% recommend whether you are vegan or not.
11 months ago
We were very much looking forward to coming to Poderi Crisci for a special birthday lunch. We had booked it many weeks in advance.
We started with the entree of meats and dips and breads, which was nice - simple but tasty - probably a little pricey for what it was though. For mains we had the lamb which was lovely and delicate while the fish, which was beautifully presented, lacked flavour.
Everything seemed like it was going well and service was good - with our young attentive waiter being quite helpful. However when it came to ordering our desserts, it all seemed to turn pear-shaped. The maitre'de seemed to get quite flustered at this point, ordering the young waiter this way and that - the poor boy looking quite overworked and largely on his own!
We then had to wait over 50 minutes for our desserts and coffees - reminding the staff three times during that wait. My partner also asked for a candle to put in the dessert (as it was a special birthday). This never came once the desserts finally arrived. There was no apology and this request was totally forgotten.
To add insult to injury, after our long wait, the desserts were both very mediocre. I had tiramisu which I would've hoped would've been excellent from an Italian restaurant but it was the most tasteless that I had ever had. Very disappointing. My partner's apple strudel was also very ordinary.
The staff getting so flustered and forgetting to serve plus the lack-lustre desserts which we waited for almost an hour for, spoilt our experience at Poderi Crisci and as a result, we will probably think twice about returning.
by Wolfie W
11 months ago
First rate establishment. We were here on Saturday to celebrate my husband's birthday and decided to "Trust the Chef" - opting for the 4 course menu complete with matching wines.... top choice, everything was sublime, and they were happy to work with me and my seafood/fish aversion plus ensured that the duck prosciutto with shaved truffle and Parmesan that I was longing for on the other menu was included. We had a leisurely lunch of more than 2 hours, with very professional yet friendly service and felt we had indeed had a celebratory lunch. The staff had their hands very full with a massive long lunch for one family who were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary at the long table outside under the awning, the weather turned showery and gusty at one point and the staff rushed around accommodating those who were cold indoors and supplying blankets to those who chose to brave it out, as well as at least half a dozen other groups inside along with ourselves. At no point did they miss a beat, and I'm sure everyone was as happy as we were. The wines were well matched to the menu, of particular note was the Pinot Grigio, something we could do with more of in NZ, and also a very delicious Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend was more than pleasing! Add to this the wonderful decor and ambiance inside, perfectly clean bathrooms, and a delightful rural setting with beautiful gardens and you have a winner. We would return in an instant!
by Anthony Horton
Apr 21, 2013
It's out of the way, but that's part of the charm. Lovely relaxing atmosphere; attentive, informed but unpushy service; and a wonderful degustation dinner at a reasonable price. There were two of us eating with a 7 year old grazing off our plates. Some restaurants would baulk at this but PC brought a non-alcoholic palate-cleansing sorbet for the child gratis. Highly recommended for a cozy winter feast or long summer lunch on the terrace.
by David Boshier
Nov 18, 2012
Off the beaten track would be a good way of describing this place. It is in the middle of nowhere which is hard to do on an island. A group of us headed there for a long lunch birthday celebration and we had a great time. There is a vibrant atmosphere within the restaurant and adjoining kitchen.
We sampled our way through a complete selection from the menu starting with breads and dips ending with pannacotta. My pick was the lamb main.
Get a taxi - you will want to make the most of the trip out there.
Jul 22, 2012
I was a little unsure of what sort of experience we were going to have at Poderi Crisci, but as I've trusted the Metro Top 50 before I decided to take a chance and book for my boyfriends birthday dinner.
We were not disappointed! Off the beaten track, sits a fabulous homely kitchen and bar restaurant. Perfect lighting and Italian music created a wonderful ambience for us diners. We were served by a knowedgable and attentive waiter, who guided us through the 6 course degustation menu with matching wines. The service was impeccable, the entire menu a delight and the wines tasty and well matched with each course. I was particularly impressed with the design of the menu; we were completely satisfied and neither too full, nor left wanting more. The size of the dishes were just perfect. All of this attention and food heaven lasted over 3 hours; we weren't rushed at all leaving us time to enjoy and savour what was a fabulous dining experience.
We dine out a fair bit, and have had our fair share of degustation and this is by far the best all round experience we've had in New Zealand to date.
It's well worth the drive out! We hope to return on another visit soon.
by Sarah Pocklington
Apr 07, 2012
What a fantastic afternoon! Not just the food but the staff make this place. We were seated outside to enjoy the view, ordered a heap of entrees as a starter between four of us and instead of jamming our table full, the maitre de (I think owner too?) bought a small table to sit beside us. The service was exceptional - the lady (wife?) suggested items and wines that didn't disappoint and gave us a sample of their Chardonnay which I normally don't like but did enjoy. The food was delicious. We must have had 10 or more different dishes to share and each was almost as good as the other - all different tastes. The perfect end was the crispest pastry on a pear and apple strudel ... OMG! I will definitely be back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone ... just a shame it is so far away!
by Les Howe
Feb 13, 2012
Took a group of 17 here for the long lunch recently. We all enjoyed the food & the wines very much.
The service was faultless with staff attentive & informative about each of the dishes they were serving to us.
Many of us started with the Sparkling Rose "Ombra", continued with the Pinot Grigio, then either the Chardonnay or the Viburno.
To conclude a marvelous day out, they offered us a complimentary Lemoncello which was delicious.
A bit pricey but hey it is a bit off the beaten track & they must have high freight costs & a bit of difficulty retaining trained staff
Aug 19, 2011
We had a wonderful relaxed Sunday long lunch. The service was welcoming and friendly - just right. The Pinot gris was superb, really lovely however none of the reds grabbed us (they gave us tasters of all of three!), could we suggest they do a contra deal with Passage Rock for their Syrahs. The food was lovely, nicely paced and thoughtfully presented. We had to force ourselves to slow down and allow the whole experience to last the nearly four hours we were there. It's a beautiful position - possibly a sign at the turnoff would have helped us to know we were in the right place.
Jun 25, 2011
That Pinot Grigio is the best I've tried and the wait staff know all about it because they work in the vineyard also. the fish went perfect with the wine as they recommended and overall a place I'm going back to HEAPS
Jun 07, 2011
Lovely setting but thats really all there is.
I think the waiters could have been good but the maitre d' was determined to control their every move and basically made the entire experience terrible. We waited far too long for our wine and never had an opportunity to order food, or another glass of wine. We could hear people at the next table complaining and another table were delivered food which they hadn't even ordered.
The cellar door was a waste of time - the person doing the wine tasting obviously found dealing with more than four people too hard so he just didn't bother.
I wish we'd read the Metro magazine review first otherwise we would not have bothered going all the way out there!
by Jeannette Volykhina
Apr 17, 2011
The perfect setting but definitely could be improved upon. The Sunday long lunch menu was a hit & miss affair. Started off with a selection of breads oil & olives, nice. The grilled veggies were also just nice, not amazing but ok. The ceviche/fish salad course was excellent, as was the veggie fritatta. The ravioli were awful, I mean we were unable to eat them – seriously undercooked (not al dente but just plain raw) and tasteless really. The veal meatloaf with potatoes was homey and quite average. The pannacotta also, sublime. We ordered a few little extra dishes, eggplant parmagiana, nothing special, chocolate mousse was awful – worst I’ve had. The cheese plate was below average, 3 cheeses and nothing I hadn’t had before and you don’t usually find grano padano on a cheese board. The kids loved the trampoline and the service was ok, but all in all, I would not recommend it to anyone. We simply were not impressed enough with anything. It was flat. I think I ‘d prefer to return to Cable Bay a few more times instead.
----- 17 Apr, 2011 -----
The perfect setting but definitely could be improved upon. The Sunday long lunch menu was a hit & miss affair. Started off with a selection of breads oil & olives, nice. The grilled veggies were also just nice, not amazing but ok. The ceviche/fish salad course was excellent, as was the veggie fritatta. The ravioli were awful, I mean we were unable to eat them - seriously undercooked (not al dente but just plain raw) and tasteless really. The veal meatloaf with potatoes was homey and quite average. The pannacotta also, sublime. We ordered a few little extra dishes, eggplant parmagiana, nothing special, chocolate mousse was awful - worst I've had. The cheese plate was below average, 3 cheeses and nothing I hadn't had before and you don't usually find grano padano on a cheese board. The kids loved the trampoline and the service was ok, but all in all, I would not recommend it to anyone. We simply were not impressed enough with anything. It was flat. I think I 'd prefer to return to Cable Bay a few more times instead.
Jan 22, 2011
Top, top, top place. Excellent food and service.
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