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Tucked away in the Hokowitu Village the V.I.K is a great little find. Walking distance for all the area was a big plus as the wine prices were so cheap.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting with two separate menus to choose from. We opted for the “grazing menu” which had multiple dishes to choose from. The Parmesan artichokes were delicious and a rare roast beef with horseradish sauce went well with our pinot noir.
Accompanied by acoustic guitar and voice in the corner of the room the night was highly enjoyable and I would definitely return.
I am all for supporting local restaurants and have been looking forward to eating there especially after all the below reviews.
Unfortunately what we experienced was far from hitting the mark.
For starters I had chicken liver pate which was actually quite nice. I ordered mussels which did not have their beards removed, some were uncooked and did not come with bread as detailed on the menu.
For main course my husband had a pork loin which was dry but edible apart from the piece of string. I ordered an entree as a main as on the menu they sounded large. It was meant to be pan seared tuna with olives (no olives) green beans (no green beans) and the tuna was a tuna confit (not pan seared in any way or form) and barely 2 teaspoons of tuna! It also came with eggs (lots.. ) and I do not eat egg. Egg was not mentioned on the menu.
We decided against dessert.
While paying we were asked how our meals had been. I politely said “rather disappointing.”
Instead of offering any type of apology the staff became rude, confrontational and defensive.
Would have got more than one star but the attitude of the staff played a big part on the rating.
We won’t return.
Best little restaurant! Came in for dinner and had the choice of either a full menu or tapas. We chose tapas – favourites at the table were the parmasan artichokes, polenta chips and clams chirizo & chilli – but everything was yum. Sat in the garden bar out in the sun drinking great wine and eating great food. New local!
Key for a good night. Great selection of beer, particularly on the craft side of things. Recommend the polenta chips off the grazing menu, really tops off an evening of fine beer
Great wee spot, for a graze I tried the lamb and it was fantastic, the service was casual but professional and we had a very relaxing evening. I would recommend this spot for a family outing ( not really kids family , more a nice place to take your mother for a treat ). The staff were most accommodating allowing us to stay well beyond a respectable hour and finish our wine ( we had quite a table full)
Great little spot, kitchen doing a great job, relaxed environment nice place to chop a few drinks with your parents or even grand parents.. suggest making time to relax and make a whole night of it. Will be back
Tops! We all loved the feel of the place and our quality meals, wine good too. Overall a great dining experience, thank you V.I.K and we will be coming back, thanks also to the nice staff who held onto our newborn so I didn’t miss out on the starters- mussels that were the best
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