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Review: Park Kitchen in Wellington runs a seafood special on Tuesday

Park Kitchen's calamari was rubbery and overcooked.

Sarah Catherall Park Kitchen’s calamari was rubbery and overcooked. Taste of… Park Kitchen, 6 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington.

We’d heard… Miramar’s neighbourhood eatery has a number of special menu nights, and that Tuesday was a two for one seafood special we were keen to try. We started with… the pan-fried calamari entree (£16), which we shared. Hunks of chorizo were perfectly smoky, but the calamari was unfortunately tough and rubbery.

The bed of baby spinach, dates and pink grapefruit would have been better with a light mayonnaise rather than the sickly sweet mayo smothered over the top.

Park Kitchen's market fish served with a prawn bisque, and medley of beans and sauteed potatoes.

Sarah Catherall Park Kitchen’s market fish served with a prawn bisque, and medley of beans and sauteed potatoes. READ MORE:
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Our mains were better. My partner ordered the 21 day aged prime angus scotch fillet (£35) – a 300g steak topped with an oxtail ravioli and a red wine jus. I chose the two for one seafood special ordering the market fish of the day served with a prawn crayfish bisque (£28).

Floating in lemon foam, it was accompanied by a melt in the mouth serving of sauteed potato and broadbeans, and topped with a king prawn roasted in the restaurant’s Josper oven. The two for one seafood special made our meal an economical option when dining at a mainstream, mid-priced restaurant. The service was… Unfortunately the two waiters were flat out tending a couple of big tables so we felt quite overlooked.

The maitre d’ was friendly, but we did have to wave someone over for a glass of wine and to get our water refilled.

The angus beef topped with oxtail ravioli.

Steve O’Connor The angus beef topped with oxtail ravioli. The vibe was… On this Tuesday night, Park Kitchen was lively, warm and buzzing, and a great option for residents on the Miramar peninsula who don’t want to venture into town.

The restaurant is open plan with contemporary modern furnishings, enlivened by a couple of murals – one of a fox – gracing the walls. For those who prefer a liquid refreshment from the value-for-money happy hour menu, the relaxed, stylish lounge bar off the main restaurant is inviting. If you go, try… One of the dishes cooked in the restaurant’s Josper oven.

The pork belly and confit duck were also recommended by our waitress. Park Kitchen also has a special pizza night on Mondays. Rating of of 5: 3.5

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References

  1. ^ * Restaurant review: Salty Pidgin, Brooklyn (www.stuff.co.nz)
  2. ^ * Review: Bastardo brings Italian-American cuisine to Wellington (www.stuff.co.nz)
  3. ^ * Review: Sweet Mother’s Kitchen (www.stuff.co.nz)
  4. ^ Ad Feedback (stuff.co.nz)
  5. ^ The rise of Hawke’s Bay as a dining out superstar (www.stuff.co.nz)
  6. ^ life & style Homepage (www.stuff.co.nz)

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