There are a couple of basic rules about choosing a place to eat: 1) How busy is it? 2) What do the locals recommend?
Elixir in New Plymouth scored highly on both counts when we were looking to try somewhere different for lunch.
And the rules didn't let us down. The food here is very well prepared. My Thai pork and shrimp won tons and cress salad was superb, while Lin's tarakihi was beautifully presented in a wrought iron stand. I pinched a chip and a bite of the fish and they were excellent.
Fresh oil is used for cooking at this cafe, which is vital if you don't want to leave with a greasy taste lingering in your mouth. It's surprising how many restaurants don't understand how important that is.
The only complaint I have is the amount of time - nearly 10 minutes - it took to pay the bill. There appeared to be a problem with the system, so maybe it was a one off. It meant a queue built up for a while, but the friendly waitress watched out for new arrivals (same queue) and ensured they were seated quickly.
It's the little things...
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