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“Excellent service, delicious food”

FORD'S Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #8 of 179 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$26
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Excellent service, delicious food”
Reviewed 2 April 2013 via mobile

We arrived at FORD'S late in the afternoon and after having a brief friendly chat with what appeared to be the manager we started with two long black coffee's.

The coffee was made with skilled hands. The staff was obviously well trained in making a good coffee (the way they handle the machine, i.e. cleaning after each cup etc.).

After the coffee we decided to try a tapas dish and we chose the fried shrimps with a garlic aioli. We got 4 perfectly fried shrimps which tasted delicious.

While we initially decided to only get a cup of coffee and a snack, our interest was evoked by the shrimps. Since we are from the Netherlands and we heard that the chef is Dutch as well, we decided to take a second typical Dutch dish: the Bitterballs. While in Holland this is usually seen as a 'fastfood snack' this definitely was something else. Once again: very good!

So, we decided to take the fish of the day as the main dish, and since our hunger was stilled a little bit already we split the fish together. Not a problem at all and we even got it served at two different plates. Meanwhile we had some lovely chats with one of the waitresses, which made our stay even more pleasant.

As a dessert we took a chocolate tart: served with yoghurt ice cream, some mint, chocolate sauce and on the tip of the iceberg we got some cherries as well. This, along with two more coffee's got our tummies filled with some delicious dishes.

The smooth music made the whole stay even more enjoyable and we will definitely be back next time when we visit Nelson! Thanks a lot staff of Ford!

(photo's included, menu as well)

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Filip C
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Ettalong Beach NSW
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“First class food in a relaxed atmosphere”
Reviewed 30 March 2013

Looking for a place to have a fresh and tasty lunch on Good Friday in a small town can be challenging. We found Ford's, took an outdoor table in the Autumn sunshine and discovered a well balanced menu with simple, good quality and fresh food. And excellent coffee. I had a salmon nicoise salad, with local house smoked salmon - very happy! My dining partner selected the open steak sandwich topped with roasted field mushroom and blue cheese aioli. And some excellent shoe string fries. The coffee, ordered with the meal, took a little while to appear, and was charmingly offered to be removed from the bill. Nice touch. Although the coffee was certainly worth waiting for! We'll certainly be back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Lozenge161
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Your place for Bitterballen in Nelson”
Reviewed 28 March 2013

we sat on the nice terras on the busy street with a tappas menu; the bitterballen (dutch meatballs) are the best in the world, full of meat with a crunsy bite. mmmm Also the scrimps, garlic bread are spot on.

Visited March 2013
Thank Langemakki
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“very enjoyable”
Reviewed 22 March 2013

located on main street of nelson easy walk to most stores etc. free parking after 6 pm . fish of the day was wonderful and the lamb was also very good

Visited March 2013
2 Thank phjed
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Koloa, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable evening”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

While browsing the town of Nelson one afternoon during our stay in the area we popped into this restaurant to view the inside and look at the menu and we liked what we saw. We asked the hostess to reserve a table for us that evening. She asked us where we would like to be seated and volunteered that a large group had booked that evening and perhaps we would prefer to be seated in an area away from their table. We appreciated being told this and chose a table that was quiet and private. When we returned later she greeted us immediately and took us to our table. The evening was most enjoyable from start to finish. Our dinners were well-prepared and tasty and the service was friendly and professional. We definitely would recommend this restaurant as a good choice in Nelson.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Anne M
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