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“Superb!”

FORD'S Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #8 of 177 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$26
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Florida
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“Superb!”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

My wife and I had a chance to eat dinner at Ford's after our nearby hotel recommended it. We sat near the bar on the main level. A bit noisy but that is part of the ambience. The services was prompt despite man holiday parties that evening. My wife had the lamb which she is still talking about. It has become the standard of measure against all other lamb dishes. The wine selection featured many NZ wineries. All-in-all one of the best meals we had on this trip.

  • Visited December 2013
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Lafayette, La.
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“Breakfast in Nelson”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

It is really an outstanding kitchen and the fresh produce and protein offerred high quality experiences even with special dietary needs.

Visited November 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Wonderful Surprise”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Nelson is a town of wonderful food, and FORDS was a great surprise. In one block you can find three of the top 10 restaurants in the city. We had the local green lipped mussels and the salt/pepper squid as appetizers...both local specialties. For our main course we had a beautiful ribeye steak with potatoes roasted in duck fat, plus a salad. A perfect meal. The wait staff was friendly and helpful and the ambience was casual but very nice. A great place to go.

  • Visited December 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Good New Zealand Tucker”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

This establishment is very well run by good and experienced Shift Manager from Torquay Devon, his experience shines through all the front of house team who are all excellent and very good at their jobs. The food is outstanding, well prepared and presented from a very well constructed menu. Well worth a visit you will not be disappointed but do book in advance to be sure!

  • Visited December 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Wee bit disappointed”
Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

After we had dessert at Fords a while ago (which was divine) we were reallly looking forward to our dinner there. Unfortunately it wasn't the best experience. Food was super slow and while it certainly looked amazing the flavour and seasoning was a let down.

The shrimp cocktail was saturated in dressing and had even more exess dressing on the side while the calamari were tasty but massively lacked dressing. The turkey main was ok but the gratin dry and bland while the groper fish of the day was probably the best dish that night. The pinacolada cheesecake looked amazing but again the taste just didnt deliver, some fruity sauce may have made a difference but with dried coconut en masse in the cake and dried pineapple on top those few bits of fresh pineapple didn't create enough of a fruity, fresh balance.

Our booking was for 7.30, starters were served at 8.30, mains at 9.30, dessert at 10.30pm and we found a full hour between courses just a wee bit too long. Plus after the mains they cleared all glasses on our table and didn't offer any more drinks until dessert was served which meant we were sitting dry for a good 45min.

We appreciate that we were part of a large group but since we had a booking you'd expect the kitchen to be prepared for the volumn especially as the rest of the restaurant wasn't even busy.

We'll give Fords another go in future based on our first experience there and hopefully this was a once off odd day.

  • Visited November 2013
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Fordnelson, Owner at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 8 December 2013
We're so sorry Andy, that your experience at FORD'S didn't meet your expectations. We've discussed with the chefs, your comments about the food, and I'm sure they've taken heed. We are aware of one Christmas booking where the timing went astray as only 16 of a confirmed 24 turned up. The organiser asked us to delay starting, which meant next courses clashed with other bookings. If this was your group, we're really sorry as we would normally never take that long. We're thrilled that your previous visit with dessert was enjoyable and trust your next visit will be of that same standard. Kind regard Kerry & Garry Ford
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