Monday, March 25, 2013

The Riverhead

68 Queen Street
New Zealand

The Riverhead has been a "house of refreshment and conviviality" for around 150 years.We visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon when a band was playing in the garden and the various other areas were fairly busy.

We walked through the well decorated "The Landing" section out on to the deck area.

Out table had a great view over looking the (tidal) river.

The Squid had been marinated in garlic, lemon and herbs, then flame grilled which had imparted a strong flavour, perhaps a bit too full on. It was served with saffron orzo pasta salad and a garlic, cucumber and mint, yoghurt.

I had the beer battered fish and chips with garden salad and home made tartar sauce. The batter was crispy and the fish fresh and pretty firm.

The steak with broccoli and baked potato with sour cream and lived up to expectations.

We don't often eat dessert but shared some on this occaision. The 'decadent' dark chocolate tart, was rich without being over the top and the raspberry compote won me over.

The caramelised apple beignets, or mini doughnuts as they were accurately described to us were served with a great cinnamon yoghurt and a light pear cider syrup.

The long black was great and I like the New Zealand custom of providing hot water to let you mix the coffee to your own taste.

The service was friendly and was paced well for a relaxed weekend meal. The Riverhead makes great use of a fantastic location and is worth a visit.

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