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Reviews from the last few weeks...

Inti (Auckland)
"I really liked Meat Fish Wine, but unfortunately the rest of you hated it. It’s okay, I can handle it. We’re usually on the same page, you and me, but occasionally we can’t come to an agreement. And let’s be honest, your voice counts more than mine because, although I can tell the world what I think, only you can close a place down." Book now or read the full article here. - Viva, Jesse Mulligan, 4 October 2017

Headquarters (Auckland)
"Winner, winner, chicken dinner. When I say the flesh was waxen, I mean that in the plumpest, most toothsome manner possible. Our waitperson confirmed the bird had been brined for a day, before taking a slow turn on the rotisserie." Book now or read the full article here. - NZ Herald, Kim Knight, 23 September 2017

Meredith (Auckland)
"After 10 years in the game, one of the country’s best fine-dining establishments is closing its doors come Christmas. Owner Michael Meredith is saying goodbye to Merediths, with plans to give more through food." Book now or read the full article here. -  Viva, Sarah Downs, 20 September 2017

Gas Monkey (Christchurch)
"You'd be forgiven for thinking you've gone bananas stepping into Gas Monkey. Everywhere you look there are primate pictures, gorilla geegaws and monkey mementoes, from simians smoking and drinking to chimps playing the cello." Read the full review here. - Stuff, Alastair Paulin, 21 September 2017

Sidart (Auckland)
"You don't need a special occasion to indulge in this 'not-so-daunting degustation.  Dining out involves a panoply of considerations; will your chosen destination be begrudging of overactive children? How long will it take before you can inhale the first delicacy? Have the staff at your favourite restaurant already seen you three times this week? If the answer is yes to all of the above then we’re calling for a change — a shake-up in your eating-out repertoire as it stands."  Book now or read the full review here. - Denizen, Madeline Saxton-Beer, 20 September 2017

Ostro (Auckland)

"Ostro is such a grown-up and pretty eating space. At night, with the city's lights glinting on the Waitemata, you can almost ignore the tragedy that is the immediate view - a waterfront drowning in cars." Book now or read the full review here. - NZ Herald, Kim Knight, 16 September 2017

Hello Vietnam (Christchurch)
"Faced with two extra six-foot plus teens to feed, one of them a visiting No 8 for the Nelson College First XV, we were looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful. Hello Vietnam fit the bill. We got a friendly welcome and a large corner table with a lazy Susan accommodated our party of seven. The restaurant looks a bit sterile from the outside, with the two exterior walls mostly glass, and inside some neon blue ceiling lights give the impression of a souped-up Subaru, but the nearly full room was warm and welcoming." Read the full review here. - Stuff, Alastair Paulin, 14 September 2017

Inti (Auckland)
"More than 40 years ago, I did my OE in South America. The handbook said $5 a day, but I typically spent $2 - $1 for a hotel and $1 for everything else - so I didn't get much fine local cuisine. Dinner most nights was fried potato and a chunk of unidentifiable and unchewable meat, cooked over a charcoal fire built in an old hubcap, and served on a tin plate." Book now or read the full review here. - NZ Herald, 3 September 2017

Ameza (Auckland) 

"We were only three and we were ordering everything. It wasn't a lot, since the menu was slimmed down for summer. But the waitress, who it turns out, was co-owner Leah Escondo, visibly blanched at our gluttonous plans. So I said she could hold the bulgogi. I don't think she realised how much this pained me." Book now or read the full review here. - NZ Herald, 15 January 2017