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“Disappointment”
Review of The Brigand

The Brigand
Ranked #3 of 19 Restaurants in Takaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Alhambra, California, United States
Level Contributor
66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

We stopped here after a long day of driving to and from Wairiki Beach (which was amazing by the way). When we walked in, we stood there for a few minutes while three different employees just passed and said hello, but didn't tell us where to go or wait or what. Just kindof awkward.

I ordered the crispy lemon chicken sandwich, which sounded great. It was terrible. Hard crispy fragments of chicken rolled around the top of a huge bed of weed-like lettuce and super thick and tough to cut bread. One giant strip of bacon. No trace of lemon, or flavor really.

She ordered the linguine. She hates bell peppers, and they weren't in the list of ingredients on the menu, but they were in the pasta, along with every other leftover items they had in the kitchen. It was mishmash of too many ingredients. Spinach, olives with pits, you name it. Too much random stuff. And much of the pasta itself was broken so short you couldn't wrap it or pick it up easily with your fork. Not good.

Since we didn't eat a lot of our entrees, we decided to try a dessert. We picked one off of the menu and waited a long time for someone to come take our order. Nobody came to take our order, or to refill our drinks throughout dinner or check on us as all. Finally we just gave up and left.

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English first
Ubud, Indonesia
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food and coffe, free WiFi”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

The Brigand has a nice relaxed atmosphere, chilled background music and a spacious indoor outdoor feeling. Coffees are great, even the decaf long black has a good crema. Food is excellent, I love their panfried calamari and shrimp salad. So worth the taste experience. Biggest plus, there's free fast WiFi, the only one I know of in Golden Bay.

  • Visited March 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“duck to die for”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

What an amazing find with such a varied menu. Four of us dined here and had one of the best meals of our 4 week South Island road trip. The duck dish was the best I've had outside of France and the ambience of the restaurant and staff were all perfect. Congratulations Brigand! We'd love to return.

Visited February 2014
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Arrogant rude owner manager”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

We had a booking for 25 people the owner manager was constantly making rude comments sadly lot of our party were locals and will not return. Other staff were pleasant food was good but cold. Will not return

  • Visited March 2014
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fast food!”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Recommended this venue by our B&B hosts and the food was lovely but the service was a bit offhand. I know in NZ nobody eats early but when you ask for a coffee at 9pm and are told the machine has been cleaned then its a bit offputting. Worse still at 9.20 the chairs are being stacked on the tables. I hope we were just unlucky as other reviews seemed good.

  • Visited February 2014
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