With one night in New Plymouth, we thought we would go to Andre’s one of the best restaurants in New Plymouth, however they were not open so we decided to go to The Garlic Press which was around the corner on Devon Street. The Garlic Press serves European food with a slight french influence.
We arrived early hoping to get some dinner prior the the All Blacks game versus the Spring Boks. We were the second group there for the evening, however more people dribbled in at around 7pm.
Orange glazed crispy skinned duck breast with fondant potoates, fresh cress and jus. The Duck was cooked perfectly, showing off some pink in the centre, however the skin was not crispy as per its description. The fondant potato was soft and smooth in the inside and crunchy in the outside. I felt that the duck bread itself was a little chewy.
Seared scallops with pork bell, parsnip puree and pomegranate drizzle. Was cooked perfectly and seasoned well.
Pan fried blue code with greens and kumara mash. Was delicious, smooth, sweet and well seasoned. The blue cod was over cooked which meant it was dry and slightly rubbery. The citrus sauce was over so overpowering that all you could taste was the citrus sauce – very disappointing.
Total cost of two entrees and a main set us back $88.30.
Location: 81 Devon St West, New Plymouth