Have you ever been to a restaurant and afterwards thought "That was the perfect meal"? That was our experience after our first visit to SaltPepperNutmeg with four friends who'd recommended the place very highly. First, the place. It was a chilly Friday night and at 7pm the tables were full of people enjoying their meals. Each table seemed to have its own decor - ours was a variety of lettuce growing in pots. The walls are covered with customers' sketches, and at the back there's a small library of books that we didn't get around to enquiring about. But it's a warm, friendly atmosphere from the start, and the staff are equally warm and very friendly. Then came the food. My wife and I love beef cheeks and there they were on the menu, so we chose them. Best ever! Our fellow diners ordered the lamb shoulder, the fettucini ragu, the gnocchi gorgonzola and another dish from the 'specials' menu the name of which I don't recall but I'm sure it would have been worth remembering. For starters I had the yellowfin tuna tartar - superb. My wife had the scallops which were tender and juicy with lots of flavour. And I got so caught up in enjoying my meal and lots of interesting conversation that I didn't even notice what the others had for openers but everyone loved theirs. Despite seeing some fantastic desserts go past, including a chocolate birthday cake that looked like a sculpture, we just couldn't squeeze in dessert so we settled on a promise to return very soon.Our thanks to South-African born Chef Paul, who runs his kitchen in a manner both efficient and creative, and to his lovely wife (sorry but didn't get your name) who ensures the smiling waitstaff keep their customers very well served and has plenty of time to answer questions from customers. (Like telling us all the superb cuts of meat they use are butchered to their own specifications from selected beasts.) Drinks are BYO which keeps costs down to a very affordable level for some of the north shore's best food. Six votes for a return visit at the earliest opportunity.
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