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“Excellent Service and Great Food!”
Review of Bistro 1284 - CLOSED

Bistro 1284
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Steakhouse, New Zealand
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Our first time at this restaurant. We were seated quickly (we had a reservation) and offered menus and water immediately. We shared a lovely entree of beetroot cured salmon followed by pan fried snapper served on mash with a lovely, light sauce and seasonal vegetables. Vegetables very al dente. Meal was accompanied by a spy valley chardonnay. Staff were very attentive and friendly. This is a small and intimate restaurant, not suited to loud parties. We enjoyed every minute.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Our dishes were delicious. Having said this, the service was a bit pushy and completely lacking consideration towards our children (which were well behaved). To be fair, we were "warned" during our reservation that there was no menu for children. However, it's not the first time that we go to good restaurants with our children and one would expect good service does not depend on the age of the guests.

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1  Thank Smallkidsfamily
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

• Location: nice restaurant in a small charming house. Well decorated interior, cozy.
• Food: I was a bit disappointed with the food, all was relatively heavy and the taste was not really great. The Entrée (Venison Chocolate Éclair) was really tasteless, the main (beef) was also not very special.
• Good wine list with good NZ wines
• Staff friendly and efficient
• Conclusion: food disappointing, but nice atmosphere.

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1  Thank TandTSwitzerland
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I was eager to take my friend (soon to be hospitalised) for a special meal in Rotorua and had researched restaurants extensively and settled on Bistro 1824 as the one.

As it turned out this was a truly disappointing evening. The service was appallingly slow, our having to wait well over an hour (in only a little over half full restaurant), to be served our main meal. The meal itself was also disappointing - a small splodge of pureed cauliflower, two green beans across it and one small carrot at an angle to the beans, a potato croquette, and two chicken thighs - nicely cooked for $37. Had we known that it was necessary to select side dishes ($7) to get a reasonable meal, we would have, but we were not prepared to wait another half hour or so for side dishes to arrive.

As we were still hungry we ordered dessert and the creme brulee with rhubarb ice cream was lovely.

We were also grateful to our apologetic and attentive waitperson who asked if we would like complimentary bread and dip while we waited. We said yes, and then waited at least 20 minutes for that to arrive.

As I had wanted this to be a special night, I was greatly disappointed. If there were insufficient people in the kitchen (a Wednesday mid week) they may well have been wiser to say not to come.

Will I give them another chance? As I am not in Rotorua often I am not sure.

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1  Thank Gae802
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

Okay Bistro, not special, so don't expect so. Maybe attention for there decoration, the toilet paper rolls decorated in a tree next to toilet entrances door:-)

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1  Thank Edwin356
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