Don't be fooled by the modest look of this restaurant that looks like a cafe on Highway 1, it is really fantastic. A cafe by day, it becomes a fine dining restaurant at night. But fine dining is only the food. The place still has plain wooden tables and paper napkins. But the food could be from a much fancier venue in Auckland! The menu has so many delicious sounding meals on offer we had trouble deciding, but ended up ordering Chili Prawns as a starter, roast chicken and lamb shank mains. All were really excellent, no complaints at all. As for service, we arrived without reservations on a Saturday night and although the restaurant was full, with reservations still expected, the owner was very accommodating. After a short wait with a glass of wine, he found us a table, and the service was really excellent although the waitress, as the owner explained later, was brand new and he had a new chef also. Highly recommended if you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Tirau at dinner time.
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