Ma Maison

I was in Akaroa for the weekend with the MapWorld girls. Sandra, of course, rode her bike there and back. The rest of us were driven there and back by Jude. Our motel was right on the waterfront – and old tired, motel, but it had three bedrooms, and was clean and tidy. Akaroa is…

Fisherman’s Wharf

On a drizzly cold night, we all (10 of us, except Miriam who lives there) made our way through the tunnel to Lyttelton to go to this gem. It’s located overlooking the port, and the menu is mainly fish, and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their choices. The paua dumplings were great, the sizzling fish platter was…

Vices and Virtues

As there were only 3 MapWorld girls available for our usual Tuesday night get-together, and there are no movies on that we’re all interested in seeing, we decided to go for a First Table meal instead. Tonight we went to Vices and Virtues. The restaurant is part of the Sudima Hotel. Davide was our host…

Bella Vita

After a very long absence, I was back in New Plymouth at long last (Covid delays of course) to spend the weekend with my family. On Saturday night, we visited Bella Vita for dinner. As the name suggests, it’s an Italian restaurant. The menu is extensive, and there’s even specials. I so wanted fish, but…

Nom Nom

Tonight, we went back to a favourite. I confess I thought it was a BYO which it isn’t. I’m trying to intersperse a BYO restaurant in amongst the others. I failed tonight. But no one was upset with me. The menu at Nom Nom (which I’ve reviewed a few times now) is Southeast Asian: Thai,…

Original Sin

On a wet, cold (it’s supposed to snow down to 300m tonight), Saturday night, the Strip / The Terraces was heaving with people. If that’s Level 2, then Level 1 will be amazing. We’ve dined at this restaurant a few times before. Before, it was silver service with a menu to match. The fine dining…

Jolly Seafood Restaurant

I guess everyone was going away for the weekend because when I emailed the list of the places I’ve booked for the next few weeks for Saturday night’s dinners, the only takers for tonight were Barbara and Bill. So the three of us went. The place is still a barn and tonight it was a…

Amaterrace

What a wonderful experience – to do something as normal as actually go to a restaurant for dinner with friends. The last time I did that – go to a restaurant – was on March 17. Who would have known in early March that staying at home was what we were going to do for…

Black Door

Yesterday was my birthday. The MW girls organised a special treat for me as they know I really like to be made a fuss of on my birthday. We dined at the Black Door in Lincoln first and then participated in the Pub Quiz at The Old Grouse – what a treat! I felt so…

Jolly Seafood Restaurant

This is a Chinese restaurant which has a reputation for delivering delicious food. I’m delighted to report that, ¬†generally, it did not disappoint. Because the table around which we were sitting was round, I was able to check out the choices of my neighbours. On my left the starter was Hot & Sour Soup (prawns,…