Tuesday 5 January 2016
Here is my first blog for all our foodies...
I have decided not to give points out of 10 or stars when I blog "Food for Thought". I just want to share our experiences with places we enjoy.
I wasn't sure which restaurant to start my new look blog with, there are so many great choices! I am sure this will get easier with time though...
I hope I have given you a good overview and, as always, I welcome your feedback.
43 Ballarat St.,
phone 03 442 9393
We are always impressed with the food and service when we dine at Rata and having recently lunched there I decided to review them while the memory was fresh. (We are more inclined to lunch there because our work usually dictates our time out but the dinner menu is also impressive).
The price of 2 courses for $28 or 3 courses for $38 makes for an inexpensive taste experience.
Pete and I like sharing because we can try different things so the set lunch menu was perfect for us.We take turns ordering food when we are out, it's good fun because Pete is a far more adventurous eater than I will ever be!
Being a creature of habit I was eyeing up the Southland cheese roll for a starter (I've had it before at Rata and loved it) but it was Petes choice today and he ordered the "seared Wakanui sirloin, beetroot, oyster mayonnaise,edamame" for the starter and the "Merino lamb collar, spring green vegetables, jersey bennie potatoes" as a main.
I've never had a lamb collar before and wonder why this fabulous tasting cut of meat isn't more popular than lamb shanks, it should be!
Both courses were faultless.
If you are visiting from overseas and want to try some local produce perfectly prepared and presented Rata is a must go to restaurant.
We think Rata has a great "feel" and even when the restaurant is busy other diners are not an interference or a distraction. A great place for two or twenty to celebrate a special occasion or even just because you are hungry,
As a point of interest, off the topic of food, I also have an appreciation for the community projects this business supports. Read all about it on their website www.ratadining.co.nz (which I must admit is very slick. The photos and the layout are great and it is very user friendly on your mobile devices).
I know that everyone says you don't need to tip in New Zealand but when you get great food and service, a tip is a great way of saying "thank you" and I think the staff deserved their tip at Rata...