Monday, November 5, 2012
I have to say that there were three reasons I stopped, and if I am going to carry on critiqueing food on the public forum Im going to have to get over these three reasons:
You will have to agree, there is not alot of it these days! Have you noticed that? And finding enough spare stuff is pretty unusual around here.
2. SELF ESTEEM!
If I give it........can I take it. Criticising someones business is not the nicest thing to do, and basicly Im a nice person who also happens to be in business (not Food). I have to admit I could be easily hurt by criticism. So do I want to go on criticising others. I have to weigh up my interest in food and the sheer frustration I feel, with the need to let others know about it.
I also want to point out that this blog is not all about the negative remarks and when I eat something wonderful I will be telling the world.
This leads on to..........
Obviously other people are going to disagree with me, and Mr Anonymous is going to comment however he likes under my posts. I have to deal with this part of the blogging world and these people are able to comment on my posts yet not reveal themselves. That is fine, but this is MY blog and I will censor all comments. I dont appreciate being attacked or sworn at. I understand that if I have said something negative about a venue that it can cause a "discussion" and that is all it should be - a discussion.
Having said all this.......Im bound to do something wrong!
But here goes............
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Lamb rump, mushroom and bacon mash, beans, garlic cream sauce $30
Rhubarb crumble, ice cream, cream $12
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Lemon Tart and Chocolate Truffle
So thats his lovely breakfast meal at the top, which he assured me tasted wonderful and is very nicely presented. The pieces of bread were quite large and about an inch thick. A bit much for him as he is gluten intolerant. I didnt really notice too many gluten free offerings at this cafe.
When you arrive at Alimentos, you are sure to find a long line, expecially at lunch time. You order your meal at the counter and then go off and find a table. The building used to be the Masonic Lodge. It has a nice front room looking out onto the street and a lovely courtyard area with a huge tree, and in the back there is a more quiet room with a lovely warm fireplace. Its recommended for business meetings.
The cabinet had all kinds of gorgeous looking food in it. The noodle salad I chose looked so nice and I noted that it had lemon in it, which is one of my favorite flavours. On the counter they have 3 empty plates in a stack to show you the size of salad you can order. I thought this was a great idea, so I ordered a medium serving.
We also ordered a dessert and a cup of tea and asked for them to come last. The happy smiling assistant said to just give them a yell when we were ready for our second course.
The food came in good time and we both enjoyed it but I have to be honest and say that the chicken salad had very little chicken in it, you only have to look at the photo and see if you can see any.....um there might be 3 tiny pieces and a cashew nut in that pic........
There was no lemon or honey flavour. I think they just called it that because that was what they made their dressing with, but still I couldnt taste either.
The dessert was lovely. Came a little late as it was lunch time and after asking the waitress we think she actually forgot. We then got our dessert but the tea didnt arrive and we had to ask her again for it.
The tea for two arrived as tea leaves in a pot and hanging on the side of the pot these nifty little strainers, the handles of which were piping hot from being stuck in the teapot! They were quite strange and I have never come across them before. It took us a while to figure out how they worked and to this day I still dont understand why the strainer has a little cup under it. They gave us two, when only one was necessary, and they gave us coffee cups, which is my pet hate. Thick rimmed shallow coffee cups with tiny handles. Sux for drinking tea.
The lemon tart was yum, but the crust was very very thick and I left it behind. Hubby loved his chocolate truffle.
Presentation - Very Good
Taste - Good
Size - Very Good
Service - Good
Venue - Very Good
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
RASPBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CHEESECAKE
A rolled citrus sponge with lemon posset & icecream with lemoncello syrup
Thursday, June 17, 2010
DUET OF LAMB – (HARMONY ORGANIC)
Honey glazed rack, smoked lamb loin, kumara confit & coriander, kiwifruit walnut pesto.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
SWORD N SAUCE-RY (2007 Monteiths beer & wild food challenge national winner)
Skewered scallops, prawn tail, crayfish, salmon & fresh fish
flambéed with horopito & lime vodka served with dipping sauces
It was my birthday the other day and my present was a night out at a great restaurant with my best friend (my husband). We just love eating out and were determined to visit this restaurant which is located right below the Mount opposite the hot pools. It is very popular so it is essential to book in advance. We parked right outside the front door....good start, and on walking in were greeted by the gorgeous staff dressed as above. We soon found this was all to do with the Monteiths Beer and Wild Food Challenge. The girls were dressed as wolves in line with their entry dish "Twisted Tale" which is based on the story of the three little pigs and of course features wild boar.
The chef, Stephen Barry (in the background of my photo), is an award winner and you can check out all his awards at their website here.
Today Im just going to critique the entree because I just have so much to say about this restaurant.
We ordered this entree to share, which we would definitely recommend - cost $20. The portions are generous with all the meals.
My husband is gluten intolerant and mentioned this when ordering the main and so the waitress suggested she add some gluten free crackers to the entree as well. Please, somebody come up with a different gluten free cracker than Sakata Rice Crackers. My hubby eats them all the time at home, so a bit of a let down there. They are in the pic above.
The dish was large and the chicken livers were hot and beautifully cooked with the spinach and coated in a tasty sauce. Thats the Rewana bread sliced up in the centre, tinted pink! And the pate sitting in the spoon was amazing. It was so smooth and a beautiful full flavour. I loved the presentation on the spoon - really different.
The waiting staff were definitely of a high quality. We watched the waiter don a crown and serve up a previous winning Wild Food dish to the table beside us. The lights were turned off momentarily as they lit up the Sword N Sauce-Ry dish pictured above. Great entertainment.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Quay has now taken the accolade of Best Restaurant in Australasia, as well as a host of other awards in the last 18 months.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Cafe @ the balcony - Eggs Benedict
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Fish of the day wrapped in prosciutto w' creamed leeks, seasonal vegetables & potato fondant • $28.00.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Time for something different.
Airport Food..............eeeeew. Seeing as I have frequented airports alot over the last 3.5 years I thought I would just add in this little critique of our local one.
And no, Im not the jetsetting type. I am the one who stands at the airport waving to the plane as my hubby takes off once again to work overseas. Departure has always been from Auckland, but his latest contract has allowed him to leave from Tauranga, which Im loving. Wearing a track to and from Auckland every few weeks was not fun! So I've visited Tauranga Airport three times now and I must say it is a very clean, tidy and modern airport, with good parking.
Now for the food! Yes you know it - sandwiches lined up in a row in triangular see thru plastic cases. You peer at them wondering how old they are, how long they've been sitting in that cabinet with people looking at them and never buying them! You glance up at the girl at the counter with the scowl on her face and the dirty apron and you wonder if she made them. There seems to be no-one else at the one and only food kiosk and you really dont like the thought that this girl may have thrown these sandwiches together!
So, we chose a baked product, a biscuit, which surely would have been brought in, unpacked, and gently plopped in the glass jar on the counter. My husband is gluten intolerant, which causes him no end of annoyance when he travels, but amazingly they had one jar with gluten free chocolate chippies. I chose a chocolate biscuit for myself, but at the last minute was tempted to swap it for a fresh looking danish.
Tea for two is our usual choice of beverage when we are together and it was pretty standard, although the girl tried to give me Earl Grey.......no thank you. One thing hubby and I agree on - Earl Grey tea tastes like soap! Go figure!
Service at the counter was by Miss Grumpy who looked like she hadnt cracked a smile in a very very long time. I hope that nothing bad had happened to her personally, but Im just so amazed at how people who are serving the public dont smile or have a kind word for the customer. It would make such a difference. Even a suggestion of purchasing something else with your order. But all is done in silence with a scowl.
Once we were seated I began reading a free copy of "Creative Beat" while my husband was filling in a travel document. There were TWO articles on Katikati in it, which I was most surprised to see. One on the murals in the town and one on the new Dramatic Theatre Group which my friend has started. Katikati......we're a special little town.
As we ate and drank and waited for the flight, which happened to be delayed, we watched the kiosk girl attend to the used tables. To our surprise she did not wipe them with a cleaning cloth but just scraped the crumbs off with her hands.........amazing! It saddens me that people dont realise how lucky they are these days to have work and that they dont do the job wholeheartedly. When you do your job well you will get noticed eventually and when it comes time for promotions you are more likely to be the successful one.
Oh, and the gluten free biscuit was hard and crumbly as they usually are but lucky for me, my danish was soft and fresh!
Tea was average