Victoria Street Bistro

www.misopeckish.comWe went on a road trip to Taupo, so I took the liberty to go via Hamilton to make a quick lunch stop at the award winning Victoria Street Bistro teamed by husband and wife Andrew and Julia Clarke.

I had made a reservation ahead of time, to avoid any disappointment just in case it was busy to see what all the fuss was about with this place.  Located on the main strip in town, it was quite easy to find.

Victoria St Bistro boasts both seating indoors and out.  Unfortunately it was raining outside, so no one was dining outside.

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We arrived half an hour late, but we were still welcomed with open arms and were escorted to our table, which just so happened to be in a booth.

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The decor is modern but minimalist.  With a selection of booth style seating proving some privacy at the back of the restaurant .

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Tuna Sashimi – I was not sure what  to expect from this dish or how big it was.  When it arrived it was 1/3 the size of the pasta dish that Plus 1 had ordered.  The accompany condiments which included different kinds of seaweed, chives, thin rice wafer, along with the sake and ginger dressing help emphasis the flavours of the tuna.

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Tagliatelle with Mushroom, Onions and Chicken – delicious home made pasta cooked perfectly in a thin creamy sauce.  I have never had onions in a pasta, so this was the first for me   It was definitely a heavier dish than my tuna sashimi.

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Mandarin Sherbet w Soft Meringue and Marshmallow – very light and refreshing from the citrus.  I loved the freeze dried mandarin segments and the lychees.  Even though I was not feeling satisfied with my tuna sashimi, I was definitely full after the dessert.

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Flat White – Coffee beans by Vittoria, one of Plus 1 favourite beans.  The coffee was made to a good standard.

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The lighter lunch options were definitely more value for money compared to the larger heavier mains which were twice the price.  Service is indifferent.  I had to make several attempts to flag down a staff member to take our orders even though there were only a handful of patrons dining there, so they were not overly busy.   Even though the dishes had good flavours, I would not go out of the way to eat at this place.  But if you are in town and am looking for somewhere special to go, for a special occasion then you should consider this place.

Location: 153 Victoria Street South, Hamilton

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