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Lunch @ Kiwi Grille-Newburyport

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Lunch @ Kiwi Grille-Newburyport

Linda W. | May 25, 2004 04:42 PM

Went today with boss and a visitor to our company. Located in a former church on Green St. opposite the Post Office, it's now a restaurant and function hall called Steeple Hall.

Decor was upscale and a bit art-deco - blond wood floors (maple or ash?) with black wood accents; bright color pics on the walls. A recent review in a local paper said "Asian flair" to the decor; I don't know if I'd call it that, but maybe I just wasn't observant enough. Open stainless kitchen in the back, and a long bar on the left with a couple wide screen TVs for sports viewing. It seemed quiet with the lunch crowd; not sure how noisy it might get at dinner.

Lunch choices range from salads to burgers to seafood choices. My boss ordered a rare venison burger; it came with sweet potato fries. He said it was very good. Our visitor got the seared sea scallops with a wasabi/sweet glaze (I didn't look closely at the menu description) served on a bed of greens. He said the scallops were perfectly done, and it was a good lunch portion.

I got their fish and chips - it came in a tall black wire conical basket lined with paper with an enormous piece of sweet fish on top of sweet potato fries. I ended up removing the fish to a plate, as it's virtually impossible to eat out of the basket (it's about a foot high). And putting the fish on top of the fries made them steam, so any crispness (which I don't think they had to begin with) was gone. The basket is the same that we got the bread in - french bread slices and several slices of a brown bread, served with olive oil for dipping and served with a small side dish of a spice mix that I believe the waitress called dukka (sp?) for sprinkling in the oil, which was pretty good! It's got to have cumin in the mixture, as I could definitely smell it. Come to think of it, the sweet potato fries would be good dusted with the dukka!

I don't know how much everything cost, as my boss paid. But I asked to see the dinner menu when we left, and the selections were quite varied, including venison, rack of New Zealand lamb, ostrich and many other choices. Wine menu, what I glanced at, was all Kiwi or Aussie wines - a pretty good selection, although prices seemed a bit higher than normal.

I definitely want to make it back to this place for dinner - very creative menu in a cool atmosphere. Reservations are probably required, as the review I read in the local Town Online paper said it was very crowded on a Saturday night.

The Kiwi Grille
20 Green Street
Newburyport
Telephone: 978-463-5494
Hours: Mon - Thurs (lunch 11:30 am-3 pm; dinner 5-10 pm)
Fri – Sat (lunch 11:30 am-5 pm; dinner 5-11 pm)
Sunday 1-9 p.m.

Price range: Lunch – $6 to $12
Dinner – Entrees $16 to $33

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