I have been to Pastis a number of times, when it was under the previous management. then, the food was outstanding and the atmosphere good.
It then closed. I always found that a pity, so much to my delight, it recently reopened "under new management".
I immediately decided to take a French visitor there to try out the new Pastis.
I was not disappointed, but it was also not fabulous.
It seems that the new management want to cater more to all generations. Nothing wrong with that, and it may end up being a winner.
The Wednesday night we went, there was even life music. 50% of the two man band however quite literally dropped out, because of some extreme alcohol intake. The other 50% made up to it with some reasonable performance.
I ordered snails (teeming with garlic and accompanied by some excellent bread) and steak frites. It came as it should, the fries were perfect and the steak cooked exactly as I liked it and it was only NZ$ 24.00. Great value for money! My wife had a terrine as starter and the onion soup as a main and she said she loved it. Our guest had a terrine and a pancake of some sorts with salmon and also for that the verdict was good.
Our french guest felt at home, so that was a good sign.
There was a steady influx of young people going through, visiting the bar.
The service was correct and friendly.
I had the feeling that they has just reopened and were still trying to get their feet on the ground but I must say, it was a good start and I will most certainly be back.
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