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Turner's New Zealand - Mixed Review

torta basilica | Dec 17, 200207:59 PM     4

Parents have been there 3 times & really like it. Decided to go there before show Sat. night. Very friendly greeting / nice people.

Pet Peeve #1 - Put the 5 of us at a table for 4 - we are not small people - dad & hubby are 6'2'. Realy crowded & husband has no where to put legs - stuff like this drives me nuts! Asked if they had anything larger & were told this was the table reserved for us - didn't see any bigger.

Pet Peeve #2 - Owner, Noel, hovered & hovered & hovered - would be fine if he wanted to listen to someone other than himself. Everything was 'Turner this & Turner that - to ask a question, had to interrupt several times. Felt like a captive audience being fed the same old spiel. And I hate that too.

Pet Peeve #3 - Waitress was very nice, but wasn't into listening - my mom finally had to yell 'hello in there' (& mom's not exactly a yeller,) when she was feverishly writing things down, just to get her attention - about the 3rd time we had to repeat ourselves to get her to listen.

Ok. I'm getting carried away -

The olive rolls are wonderful!!!

The clams & mussels were in an incredible sauce. No clams to speak of, but the mussels were good.

The Caesar salad has no taste - at all.

My rack of lamb was to die for - fabulous & tons of it. Mushroom Potato Gallete was very good. Perfectly cooked small chops, but many of them.

Daughters fusilli with vegetables was raw - not al dente, just not cooked for more than a few moments. Returned it & got it back right away - more cooked.

Lobster pasta dish had no flavor at all - was dying to get that mussel sauce back & pour it over. When owner told about this, he suggested we asked for it 'spicier' next time. Said just wanted flavor, didn't neccessarily have to be spicy.

Dad loved venison tenderloin, but very small & cold - I wouldn't order this.

Great NZ wine list - reasonably priced.

So, had a mixed visit - would go back for the lamb in a heartbeat, but no so sure about the rest. and I like people to listen when, in the rare instance, I try to talk to them or ask a question.

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