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“Good food and wine and a nice atmosphere”

35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #21 of 62 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: US$7 - US$26
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The perfect spot to watch the Paihia Wharf where boats depart for the islands while you indulge in a meal carefully prepared for you by our fantastic team of chefs while being looked after by our front of house team who just love to make you feel at home. Whether you are after a coffee, a naughty dessert or cake or a full meal pop in and say HI. We are a team who enjoy sharing both their love of food and the Bay of Islands.
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Used the restaurant for both lunch and dinner and enjoyed both. Service was very good and while my steak was a little fatty the fish was excellent.

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Thank Toby W
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Hi TobyW. Thanks for your review of the restaurant, it's great to hear that you made a second visit! The cut of meat that we use for our steak is a scotch fillet which comes from the upper rib of the cow, an area that is very flavoursome due to the fat content. We are sorry to hear that you found it quite fatty. Thank you for rating our fish excellent! We take great pride in our seafood and use line caught fish from the Northland region. We hope to see you again and trust you enjoyed the rest of your time in Paihia. Kind regards.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

We came here for breakfast as we were leaving Paihia to head back home. We chose 35 Degree South as it was right on the water and had a nice view. Unfortunately, the view is where the good stuff seemed to end. While the staff were all very friendly, the wait for our two dishes was excruciatingly long. It wasn't very busy at the time we visited so there wasn't any really obvious reason for it to be so delayed.

When our dishes finally arrived visually they were underwhelming. The "35 Degree South Big Breakfast" was less than big. The mushrooms that were promised on the menu turned out to be one tiny button mushroom. The "homemade baked beans" that it came with looked and tasted very similar to canned baked beans. The "chickpea, lentil and haricot bake" arrived and had no lentils in sight. The bacon was mostly fat and the dish would have been better if it had been left off or a better quality bacon had been used.

Maybe their lunch/dinner menu is a bit more impressive!

Thank AEM967
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Hi AEM967, thanks for taking the time to review your breakfast with us. We are pleased that you felt the staff were very friendly and the view very nice however we are sorry to hear that you waited so long for your breakfast. This is something I have raised with the kitchen staff after your feedback as this is not acceptable along with the portion of mushrooms you received . The baked beans are made onsite and the lentils in the bake are blended through. We hope that you would visit us again and let us wow you, our staff are always on hand to help you with any queries o complaints you may have about your meal as we want our diners to leave having had a good experience. We hope that you enjoyed your time in Paihia. Kind regards.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Had dinner here, wonderful location, excellent views but shame the food did not match. Found every dish I chose was unseasoned and therefore bland. Other dinner companions enjoyed theirs to be fair. It was also rather dark and therefore we were unable to see our table and dishes on it. The coffee was extremely strong, in fact we left it.

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Thank ladiesabouttown
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Hi Ladiesabouttown, we are very sorry to hear that your experience at the restaurant was disappointing. Our aim is for all our customers to leave being completely satisfied with their meal and the service they received. If a diner is dissatisfied with their meal we do offer a replacement if our team are made aware of this during check back. In the evening we do try and make the dining room ambient through lighting, I am sorry to hear that you found it too dark and therefore hard to see. New Zealand is very much a coffee cultured country and we keep with the same strengths that are used nationwide, unfortunately this was too strong for you but we are flexible and our front of house team would have been more than happy to replace this to your liking. Thank you for taking the time to review the restaurant and your feedback has been passed on to our front and back of house team. Kind regards.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This spot on the wharf in the centre of Paihia is a great place for people watching, a drink or two or a fantastic meal. Staff were friendly although a little distracted on a busy night but everything we ordered arrived and they were very happy to answer questions about the menu and wine list. Recommend the seafood options

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Thank Sheryl B
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

Hi Sheryl B, thanks for taking the time to write us a review after your visit to the restaurant. We agree that it is an excellent spot for people watching and we are delighted you gave us a 5 out of 5 rating for atmosphere. We try to source the best local seafood we can and do serve fish which has been line caught by our own fisherman so we are happy to hear you would recommend this. I will pass on to the front of house team that they may have came across as quite distracted - we do not want our service standards to drop when it is busy but it's great to hear that they answered your food and wine questions! We hope to see you again and trust you enjoyed your time in Paihia.

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Reviewed 16 November 2013

I am still thinking about the delicious taste of the small plates we shared. Very good value $14 each .. 4 between 2 plenty. The main dinners did not seem such good value.

Thank LyndyNZ
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35DegreesSouth, Manager at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

Hi Lyndy - thanks for your review, it sounds like you enjoyed a tapas style dining experience with us. The small plates are perfect for sharing and come in handy when you can't decide on just one dish! Although the mains may not have seemed as good value compared to the small plates, they are substantial portions and we do try to reflect the quality of produce we use in the prices. Thanks for taking the time to visit us and we hope you had a great trip! Kind regards

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