The atmosphere and decor at this restaurant is terrific, it is so nice to eat in a restaurant that has those fine dining touches that many restaurants fall down on today. The food itself was very nice but without the wow factor that I was expecting. The prices being charged therefore, are in my opinion a little too high for the taste experienced. I had the chicken liver pate for an entree, which I must say was delightful, however the small pickled orange marmalade dish accompanying the pate tended to be a little overpowering. The two slices of toasted foccacia was not quite enough for the dish which meant one either left some pate or ate it on its own. At $19.50 I think the extra toast would make this dish more palatable.
For my main course I chose the oven roasted duck which again was very nice but not outstanding, the price of $34.50 is about what I would expect for this dish. Disapointing I thought, was that all seven people dining at our table had to share one dish of vegetables, while there was just enough to go round, I know some people held back so that every one got some. How about individual dishes or at least dishes for two people. One big plate of veges just says lazy to me. Finally the restaurant allows you to take your own wine which is terrific but $10 corkage is almost highway robbery in this modern day of screw caps. Come on Somerset pick up your game.
My wife phoned this restaurant on Thursday to make a booking for Saturday evening for 3 people, She was informed that they were busy and only taking bookings for parties of ten or more people. For a new restaurant I find this very strange, do these people realise that they are in fact in the hospitality trade. This sort of thing may fly in Christchurch or Auckland but this is Tauranga. I wonder if they will want a booking for three on a cold winters night.