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“Entree & dessert delightful”
Review of Maxtons Restaurant - CLOSED

Maxtons Restaurant
Price range: US$12 - US$45
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Maxtons Restaurant is located within the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel on the waterfront, entrance through the courtyard. Maxtons is only small so we recommend you make a reservation to avoid disapointment.
Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

We were so impressed with the breads & spreads we had to start that we couldn't wait to continue the meal. It was a fine dining setting, perfect for a couple, & the waitress was very friendly.

The restaurant was full for the night, turning people away even though there were empty tables, however we assume this was to ensure patrons didn't have a long wait as there was just the chef & one other staff member in the tiny kitchen.

So getting on to the main course, the pork back strap was nice, lovely & tender, however in some ways just like a glorified pork medallion we could have at home. The beef was severely overcooked (well when rare was requested) & sent back. The replacement was better though probably medium rare rather than rare. Apparently there had been a change of supplier & a less marbled meat (however we do note previous feedback saying that the beef was overcooked). The duck fat roasted potatoes were just on the overcooked side which was a bit disappointing as the flavour was great.

We shared the salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. It was very nice, quite rich but the icecream & berries cut through it & it wasn't bitter as some previous reviews had found.

Overall a nice dining experience, just a shame the main didn't live up to expectations.

Thank TischlerAndHubby
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5 - 9 of 70 reviews

Reviewed 15 January 2014

We went there at the recommendation of our B & B hosts. The location is great and the ambience is good but from the moment I saw the lit candle on the table I knew it was going to be pricey.
The food was good but nothing to write home about. The service was adequate. We didn't order any wine and I drank the wonderful Speight Ale ( gold medal) for which of course no credit goes to the restaurant.

1  Thank Bishwadeep B
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Definitely this restaurant is overrated...or we were extremely unlucky and the chef did not feel well on Jan 1st. Beef was overcooked vs. what we asked for, fish of the day without any taste and wine not too good for the price they asked for. Service was ok but not really welcoming. All ended up with quite high bill even taking into account holidays surcharge (almost 200 for the family if four). Net, at best 3 stars.

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2  Thank PleasuresHunt
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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Service was fairly slow, wine extremely expensive and wrong temperature, the venison was overpowered by the sauce and the salted chocolate tart was bitter.

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2  Thank Fisherman91
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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

My partner and I ate here out of convenience as we were staying in the hotel but were delighted with the service, food and atmosphere. We had the fish of the day and venison, both of which were delicious. We enjoyed it so much that we returned the following evening to try the salted caramel tart which also did not disappoint. Highly recommended.

1  Thank FoodCeej
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