Cuisine: Argentinian, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

The Polo Bar & Restaurant is the perfect setting afternoon aperitifs and delicious shared plates.

Being a laid-back sanctuary, it is a great venue to relax or catch up with friends.

Sit by the fire, enjoy the sunny outdoor areas or partake in a game of croquet.

Inspired by Argentinian cuisine, The Polo offers a menu of various sharing plates of selected meats, smoked and chargrilled for a unique flavour.

Delicious vegetarian dishes are also on the menu.

Check in often as the menu changes regularly so we can use the freshest local ingredients to create our mouth-watering dishes.

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The Polo Bar & Restaurant
Hotel Montreal
363 Montreal St
Christchurch

Open Hours:
All day, everyday

Phone: 03 943 8547
Website: hotelmontreal.co.nz/food-and-drink

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The Polo Bar & Restaurant
Cuisine: Argentinian, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $25

Reviews

Lovely ‘feel’ to the polo bar. You felt instantly welcome and comfortable . All the staff were very attentive and anticipating your needs. The option of a main or tapas is great. The 2 guys had mains, their wives had 3 tapas to share, all followed by delectable desserts, of course!! Next time will linger and relax on the couch by the fire.Will definitely be back.

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Mary O'Leary

We were attended to by the lovely Patrick. The food was excellent, particularly the slow cooked lamb with the pasta - outstanding. We shared a variety of plates; I had the set menu which was paired with wines. The wine pairings were excellent - constructive criticism is to train staff about these wines, as they are worth talking about. The dessert of bite sized treats were indeed a treat, can't wait to come back.

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It was our first experience of Argentinian food and first time dining with tapas as a group. We all loved the flavours and textures and thoroughly reccomend this restaurant as a great place to share a meal. The atmosphere was lovely and the fire helped us feel comfortable. The service was friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to dining in the courtyard in the summertime.

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Fantastic experience great staff delicious food beautiful scenery great parking...will definitely go again

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

A great experience- Patrick (our waiter) was very attentive. Knew just the right time to come and serve us. Thank you Patrick.
Started off with breads and dips and for once we had plenty of topping to put on the breads - delicious.
I had the lamb rump with roasted veges and it was superb, beautifully cooked to my request. My partner had the T-bone with broccoli

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We loved this place it's immaculate and the styling of the restaurant is classy and unique. The food was delicious and we couldn't fault the food or the very friendly service when we went for dinner. The outdoor table area and immaculate lawn area were very well set up and we look forward to going back
It will be lovely when we go back on a summer's day.
Would highly recommend this place if you want a high end experience. Also, recommend the salmon and the churro for dessert. The tapas looked amazing too. They came out on a long board.

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Farrel Foster-Lynam

Lovely friendly service and great food.
The Queso platter in particular is varied, delicious and generously sized

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Luis Leh

Wonderful experience as expected! Food was great and the service was exceptional!

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Dan McCormick

Great service, advised us of the options, which proved to be perfect, we shared 4 tapas, which were all good.
First visit to the Polo Bar, which has a great atmosphere, small, but cosy on a wet winter night.
The outdoor area looks to be a good spot for the summer. We'll be back.

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Toni Harris-Daw

From stepping into the warmth of the room to feeling the warmth of the friendly staff, albeit on a cold rainy night in Christchurch we got excited. We ordered 6 dishes for 3 of us and the presentation was first class. The variety of choices made you want to order everything. I love their sommelier who makes a mean brandy and dry!

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Jennifer Horsburgh

Nice welcome on arrival. Great advice on food and quantities needed. Food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious. Restaurant was not too busy and had several groups coming and going over the time we were there. Everything felt clean and well maintained.
We have already decided what we will be having when we return to hit the starters and desserts! Thank you for a lovely evening celebrating my daughter's birthday.

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Servers Patrick & Sophie were wonderful & made our dining experience very memorable
I urge anyone to have a cocktail as they are amazing
The food is delicious & presentation is excellent
We all finished with the fabulous desserts

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ALWAYS exceptional. Food is delicious. The atmosphere is calm, quiet and friendly. We appreciate efforts to move us in and out quickly as we requested.

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Leonie Cowen-Willis

Wow Wow and Wow. I cannot believe we hadn't been here before, it is AMAZING. We were served by Alex who provided excellent service. We had the big platter which was exceptional. The meat on it was to die for and our friends had a selection of tapas which comes out on a long wooden board. Finished off with Churros. Would highly recommend this place. Will definitely go back soon

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We enjoyed the food and the service here. We went for the light Tapas menu-3 between my husband and I. They were tasty and a good light meal. Our daughter is dairy free and they were adaptable with food options for her dessert while also having DF and GF options on their menu.

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Exceeded our expectations in every way. The food tasted amazing and there was plenty of it and the service was attentive without being claustrophobic.

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Kerry Wood

A fantastic experience, Alex, the restaurant manager was charming and very attentive, chef went over and above with the chilli squid, it was DELICIOUS! Very well presented and a fabulous ambience. Would definitely recommend

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Lache Glintmeyer

We absolutely loved our dining experience the food was fantastic, waiters were very attentive, kind and funny. We will definitely be heading back to enjoy more of the delicious menu.
Matt and Lache

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Simeon Whyle

The food was INCREDIBLE! Super nice staff too . Will be back!

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I arrived a few minutes before my companion, was shown to a table and served with sparkling waster to my taste. While I was consulting the menu my nephew arrived and we were treated to a wonderful meal, served with style. The eye fillet of beef was done to both our tastes, the vegetables were cooked to perfection and the side dishes were just the right choice. We opted for dessert and an Irish coffee to finish off. All in all a great experience and would go back again when able.

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Really great and freshly made food. We got a plate with several smaller plates on it and the food was amazing. We enjoyed our food outside on the terrace which was really good. The staff was very friendly and overall a very good experience. They are situated in a quit area just outside the busier streets, so nornally I probably would not have found if it weren’t for first table.

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Rosemary Collins

Wonderful dinner at the Polo Bar. Our party of three decided to go with the tapas and had 8 delicious plates, every one a winner. Such mouthwatering bites of deliciousness. The wait staff were very good and attentive. An interesting selection of drinks and we ended the evening with affogato. We will return for another taste of Argentina.

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We have two young children so a portable highchair was strapped to one of the chairs for our 14 month old & an inspired kids menu was presented to our 6 year old. The kids menu was 3 courses - vegetable skewer entree; a choice of 5 mains; a choice of 2 desserts - what a brilliant change from chicken nuggets etc that other restaurants offer! It was a lot of food for our 6 year old but highly recommend, loved it.
The staff were very attentive without being intrusive & seemed to genuinely enjoy talking to our kids, particularly the 14 month old who was enjoying the breadsticks more than a teething rusk, the staff told us they’re handmade by the Head Chef and a generous helping of them came with our sharing platter of Salamis & prosciutto. We had a lovely, relaxed dinner with excellent quality food and will definitely return.

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This is a great venue on a warm summer night - sun shining in,doors open and the option of dining outside.
The lamb dishes and the steak were cooked as requested. The vegetables and salads offered as sides were very tasty and the perfect match for the dishes concerned. Excellent service from Olivia from the time we arrived.
Recommended!

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This was a great place to eat at. While it was quite noisy the night we were there, the staff were really lovely, the place looked really nice and the food was super tasty! If I come back to Christchurch, I would definitely eat here again.

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Bob Miller

This is a hidden gem - so I shouldn't be putting this out there as others will start to go as well.
Very cool tapas type food, served in the Argentinian tradition on a long wooden board. The pork sliders were popular and the braised beef croquettes were unusual and hit the spot. The roasted vege dish was great too.
But the real outstanding feature of the Polo bar is the service - attentive but not overbearing, polite and professional. The staff have limited technical skills (tray carrying and the like) but they have the attitude that makes the evening.
Oh and I loved the cloth napkins too :)

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The Polo Bar and Restaurant has a lovely, intimate atmosphere. We went with the Argentinian vibe and ordered steak which was cooked to perfection with delicious crispy potatoes and a side of tomato and capsicum salad. The dessert menu looked great but we didn't have any room after our mains, so opted for coffee. The service was faultless. Thanks to First Table for introducing us to this restaurant!

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Valerie Parrott

We were greeted by friendly staff and treated to exceptionally good service, as we were the only customers, which is the good part of being first table. Our food was beautifully cooked and presented. The staff checked that we were warm enough and happy with our meals without being overbearing. We will definitely go back to The Polo Bar again and recommend it to friends and family. 10 out of 10.

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Rodger Hewitt

This is now the second time dining here with first table and am still yet to fault them on their service. The food has been top class and will happily book here again

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Raewyn Brice

This was the first time we had used First Table and though it was an early time to dine it was great to have a quiet and relaxing restaurant to be able to talk and enjoy our time with friends. The service was excellent and the food perfect. Everything was just lovely and we would definitely return. Thanks Polo Bar and First Table.

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We're really glad this place is on First Table! It allowed us to try something different at relatively low risk. My wife was a huge fan of the pate, I really enjoyed the croquettes. In total we enjoyed 4 dishes and a delicious dessert. Thanks for the good time! :)

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Both service and food were amazing, a hidden gem

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Always Great !

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Fantastic time at The Polo Bar & Restaurant.. the service and the food was perfect. We had a platter for two which was generous and delicious.The staff were very friendly ..We are definitely going back.

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Ashley Johnson

Thank you Polo Bar and Restaurant for an amazing experience. On a beautiful day the dining area was opened up to their outdoor space. The service and food were amazing and we had a lovely time! Highly recommend the Chefs Choice set menu.

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Alanna O'Grady

This was our first time dining at The Polo Bar & Restaurant and it will not be the last! The food and service was absolutely perfect. I can't wait to come back & try it again!

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bruce chisholm

Outstanding venue food and service. The staff must have overheard a comment made to our birthday boy because we surprised later with a decorated Happy Birthday plate and some yummy sweet treats. A perfect ending to a perfect meal. Thank you Polo Bar

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Anne Pavelka

We had a lovely experience. Service was great with staff being attentive to our needs. Wonderful presentation of the food, which was full of flavour and delectable

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Don McCormack

LUNCH AT THE POLO BAR AND RESTAURANT I RATED AT A 4.5* EXPERIENCE AND WE JUST LOVED IT.
This was our first time dining at the Polo Bar and Restaurant at 351 Montreal Street in Christchurch - based at the Montreal Hotel which has a Qualmark Silver 5*'s rating.
On the day of our dining experience , there was heavy rain and what a great place to enjoy on such a day.
I felt that the Polo Bar and Restaurant is a Gem a bit out of sight and and just waiting to be experienced and enjoyed.
Inside, the restaurant has a classy feel, rather cosy and not a large venue.
The best way for us to enjoy this Argentinian restaurant is to try the Tapas options, many of the menu items sounded different and exciting dishes to try out.
So we decided to order 3 different dishes from the Tapas menu.
The pulled pork sliders, Albondigas gf $18 beef meatballs with spiced tomato sauce and sourdough and the fabulous Garlic Chicken and Prunes $21 with mushrooms, streaky bacon, red chimichurri sauce - the last two were to die for for me, so full of flavour..
There were also a Small Goods selection, a Grazing board menu and a selection of mains and deserts which we missed on the day.
Worth a mention is that three Tapas were enough for two people and we felt that the portions were very generous and satisfying .
Nice too to have exciting menu options remaining for another visit.
This is a place which has an aura of class and a quiet but very welcoming feel for guests.
Out the back, there is quite generous parking and an easy back entrance in to the hotel and dining and bar areas while outside were some delightful areas for enjoying a nice day or evening.
A large green space for Croquet is sited for guests to enjoy and enhances
Outdoor Activities.

Note - This is a long review copied from my Trip Advisor Review of 24.10.2019.

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Tania Tihema

Food and service was nice.

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Wow! What great service and excellent food!!
All I can say is give this place a go you won't be disappointed.

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Lovely restaurant, food a little pricey but with the 50% off it was worth it.

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Perfect lunch with the girls - bonus was nice quiet back ground music.
We didn't have to raise our voices and the jazz 70/80 style was very relaxing.
On top of that fantastic presentation and good wine selection.

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

Once again a lovely meal, presented really nice, cooked to perfection and the Passionfruit Dessert was so flavoursome. Sitting outside in the courtyard for a pre dinner drink was a great start to the dinner.
Great service from Alex and Dayna - really made our night.

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Nice ambiance in this restaurant. Would be good outside on a nice day. Excellent wine list. Good wait staff ( restaurant manager holding his own all by himself!)

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Second time here. This time with a friend for lunch. Food delicious again and service fantastic- attentive but unobtrusive. I have a nut allergy and they took the time to ensure that each dish we ordered was suitable. Will return!

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Kate N Greg Westwood

Our experience at the Polo was good. Attentive service - for sure. Food we think could still be more flavoursome, but it was good and lots of it.
Thank you for a pleasant experience.

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Issac Ho

Food and service are good. Beautiful and cozy place

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The food and service were both amazing. The staff was friendly, the food was delicious and the price was reasonable. I recommend meatballs and chef's seafood creation.

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The food was superb and the service exemplary.

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A very tasty tapas menu with great flavours. Lovely courtyard area to soak up the afternoon sun. The service was very friendly and efficient. We had a great time.

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So so so good. Without fail every time we get a delicious meal, friendly and professional service, and a relaxing atmosphere. This is a real hidden gem.

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Lauraine Molloy

Had a lovely early meal at the Polo. Lovely sunny open space restaurant. The service was very attentive and the lamb fillet was cooked to perfection. It was one of the best coffee I have had for a long time. Would definitely recommend.

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Wonderful place to dine. Beautiful surroundings, lovely staff and service. Also on site parking !!

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Food was great and staff were nice

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Lovely ‘feel’ to the polo bar. You felt instantly welcome and comfortable . All the staff were very attentive and anticipating your needs. The option of a main or tapas is great. The 2 guys had mains, their wives had 3 tapas to share, all followed by delectable desserts, of course!! Next time will linger and relax on the couch by the fire.Will definitely be back.

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Mary O'Leary

We were attended to by the lovely Patrick. The food was excellent, particularly the slow cooked lamb with the pasta - outstanding. We shared a variety of plates; I had the set menu which was paired with wines. The wine pairings were excellent - constructive criticism is to train staff about these wines, as they are worth talking about. The dessert of bite sized treats were indeed a treat, can't wait to come back.

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Tracey Snape

Gorgeous food- presented on a gorgeous platter. A fun place to share great food- and their outdoor space will be perfect in summer. Great parking.

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Loved it!

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It was our first experience of Argentinian food and first time dining with tapas as a group. We all loved the flavours and textures and thoroughly reccomend this restaurant as a great place to share a meal. The atmosphere was lovely and the fire helped us feel comfortable. The service was friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to dining in the courtyard in the summertime.

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Amazing. Excellent service, lovely setting and delicious food. Will certainly be back.

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Joan Boyer

Excellent food and great service from our charming and informative French host. No fuss when I managed to break one of the elegant wine glasses before I even sat down!! Our second visit and won’t be the last, thoroughly enjoyable dining experience

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Fantastic experience great staff delicious food beautiful scenery great parking...will definitely go again

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

A great experience- Patrick (our waiter) was very attentive. Knew just the right time to come and serve us. Thank you Patrick.
Started off with breads and dips and for once we had plenty of topping to put on the breads - delicious.
I had the lamb rump with roasted veges and it was superb, beautifully cooked to my request. My partner had the T-bone with broccoli

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Wonderful food and fabulous friendly service.
("proper towels" in restroom appreciated)
Thanks

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We loved this place it's immaculate and the styling of the restaurant is classy and unique. The food was delicious and we couldn't fault the food or the very friendly service when we went for dinner. The outdoor table area and immaculate lawn area were very well set up and we look forward to going back
It will be lovely when we go back on a summer's day.
Would highly recommend this place if you want a high end experience. Also, recommend the salmon and the churro for dessert. The tapas looked amazing too. They came out on a long board.

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Kerry Wood

Great ambiance, waiter was exceptionally helpful and friendly. Food delicious as always. Chilli squid is the best, along with the Patata Bravos and the liver pâté. Best gins in town too!

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A beautiful place to dine - will be even better in summer when it will be more conducive to dine in their awesome outdoor area. Fabulous service.

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Yini Shen

Nice experience!

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Cos Jeffery

Food & service excellent - Ambience a tad Ho-Hum

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Iona Young

Very reasonably priced, excellent service with very friendly staff. Will be back again

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Pauline Guthrie

Fantastic service - warm and attentive. Quality of food was excellent and presentation was superb.
We started with a selection of breads, served with hummus and sun dried tomato dips -very tasty. And also Gambas Al Pil Pil - garlic prawns with pineapple - delicious . Then our over ambitious selves ordered the Argentina Platter!!! What a feast for the eyes and stomach!!! We shared this between two women and went home with a doggie bag !! Our friend had the Groper with risotto - she said fish was cooked perfectly but risotto needed a bit more seasoning. Then we totally went to town and couldn’t resist the chocolate con churros to share dipped in dark chocolate with dulce de leche!! Thank you for an amazing foodie experience !!!

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Jan Orme

I love this place, really low key but plush, food is really good and well sized portions. The team really let you take your time and never interrupt your party is mid-conversation.

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Very enjoyable

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excellent food and service thank you

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Farrel Foster-Lynam

Lovely friendly service and great food.
The Queso platter in particular is varied, delicious and generously sized

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Luis Leh

Wonderful experience as expected! Food was great and the service was exceptional!

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What a little gem this place is, we were met by helpful friendly staff who proceeding to help us with the menu, amazing food and great staff I must visit

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Chris Fleury

Really enjoyed the food and service. Great place for a First Table.

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Had a selection of plates for a tapas style meal best was the chicken and mushroom dish

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