Where to start. I took my in laws for a meal as a thank you for putting up the family over Christmas and New Year. We soon all wished I hadn't.
We were greeted in the restaurant by pre school kids screaming, shouting ,running around and throwing paper aeroplanes everywhere.
However the real let down was the quality, quantity and presentation of the food.
dad in law had pork, it was ok (this was the best choice of the night)
my eldest son and I had steak. when it arrived I asked if it was supposed to have fries or potatoes with it as the portions looked meagre.. (was told no)
my youngest asked for lamb (I had concerns when he ordered that he would finish it) I did not have to worry when it arrived I was shocked to see it only had 3 small pieces of lamb surrounded by veg which was saturated in gravy. Unfortunately my son likes dry veg, I made a comment on how they could charge $31 yes $31 for 3 small pieces of lamb( in a country that has more sheep than people). I was most unimpressed. Next, mum in law had ordered childrens meal of pasta. She said the sauce was nice but the past was a bit hard. Hard! it was raw!!, not al dente but raw.
My partner ordered fun guy vegetarian rissotto (the only fun guy here was the comedian pretending to be a chef). Rissotto!, it was rice with some veggies mashed in but they were poorly done and rissotto was all in clumps. However the worst was then my partner tried to eat the main part of the dish (3 mushrooms), there was so much salt on them I thought they were from the Dead Sea. They were totally inedible. I think the chef was trying to keep in tone with the first part of the restaurants name. This was the last straw and I complained, my partner then asked for fish and chips from the childrens menu. When it arrived it was fish nuggets and chips, not actually a fish.
I dont know if the chef was on holiday or not, but if not he(she) needs immediate retraining (or replacing) with special guidance given to salt application on food and portion sizes.
I shall certainly never dine there again and would not recommend any passing tourists to do so either.
The locals apparantly have already made their mind up regarding dining (I spoke to a couple and told them about my experience, general opinion was "thats about right, a nice place to drink but not dine")
I will try to leave on a positive note, the staff were pleasant (a bit slow regarding drink refills but pleasant). The cutlery on the table was clean.
The drinks themselves were nicely chilled. I would return for a drink but certainly never to dine.
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- The Salty Do Inn is an English Pub in the heart of Snells Beach, on the Matakana Coast. Known for it's friendly staff and Olde English Pub theme. Our premises are located only a short walk from Snells Beach and a short drive from Algies Bay, Scott's Landing, and Martins Bay. Within our Region we provide many attractions including stunning beaches, local Markets including the Matakana Farmers Market, many Wineries, and much more. Enjoy reasonable and affordable Accommodation in the beautiful Snells Beach - only 50 minutes from Auckland CBD. ... more less
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