Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Lone Star, Gisbourne

Shed One
60 The Esplanade
Inner Harbour
06 868 3257

The Lone Star restaurant in Gisborne has a fantastic location, in the semi gentrified port area, which tempted to try this branch of the chain.

The restaurant was fairly busy on a weekday evening but we got a table by the window. The view from our table inside stretched over the yachts and fishing boats towards Young Nick's Head, the first land sighted by the crew of James Cook's ship, Endeavour on October 7, 1769, in Maori the promontory is named Te Kuri o Paoa.

We both had the chowder as an entrée, it was more creamy than others we've had, but still contained some of the usual fish, mussels, squid, prawns and vegetables.

The fresh green-lipped mussels from the coastal waters of New Zealand were large. They were steamed in fresh herbs and a lemon, white wine and garlic cream sauce which was probably a bit creamier than I'd prefer.

The tiger prawn cutlets sautéed in fresh garlic, chilli and coriander butter were served with basmati rice and a garden fresh green salad. They were well cooked and a decent size.

The service was friendly if a little haphazard and the location alone makes the Lone Star worth a visit.
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