Gin Trap – Napier, NZ

Gin Trap
Napier, NZ
http://www.gintrap.co.nz/

 

The Post wedding lunch took place at the Gin trap, a local watering hole in Ahuriri.

I was still full from my mammoth breakfast at the Mahia St Kitchen but went for a Scotch fillet with garlic butter and salad cooked medium rare anyway, I was on holidays and saw no reason to deny myself the pleasure of grilled meat.

The place was quiet for a Sunday, we made up most of the people there, and it was, like every other establishment along the wharf, a converted warehouse; with the same chilled out vibe.

Now to the steak.

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I must have gotten unlucky because I was 1 of 3 people who ordered a steak, and I was the only one who had major problems. It was over cooked, tough and grainy because of it, and just seasoned poorly.

The beef was pretty average as well which didn’t help.

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It was lacking in all terms and was not at all a pleasure to eat, the short review basically sums up my feelings on the steak, which was unfortunate as the actual venue was great.

How well it’s cooked – 5.6

Flavour – 4.4

Tenderness – 4.4

Overall – 4.8

 
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Mahia St Kitchen – Napier, NZ

Mahia St Kitchen
Napier, NZ
http://www.mahiastreetkitchen.co.nz/

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A few of the groomsparty had a post wedding breakfast in the morning, now I wasn’t sure if I was drunk, hungover, tired or just plain hungry, but I got to the Mahia st kitchen and literally ordered almost everything.

I wasn’t feeling too well when I first arrived, so I started with a bloody Mary. Having never had one before I was deligtfully surprised at the amount I enjoyed it.

Not feeling any better I then went with a long black, along with $75 worth of breakfast. I ordered the sourdough toast with avocado and tomato salsa, the baked eggs, the texas pork ribs, a side of black pudding, a side of bacon and a side of potato croquettes.

This was by far one of the most ridiculous breakfasts I’ve ever had but it was revelatory.

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The black pudding, house made, was delicious.

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The bacon was cooked really well with that slight hint of the smoked flavor that I decided would go well sandwiched with the Sourdough, avocado and tomato salsa, then went for the baked eggs served with Turkish bread to mop up the delicious tomato and spice sauce.

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Finally the ribs, I saved the best for last, and let me tell you they were divine better than most ribs I’ve had recently. The only let down after all of that was the croquettes. They were plain and okay.

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Mahia st kitchen is leading the way in Napier in terms of quality ingredients and well executed dishes. If I’m ever there again I know exactly where I’d be going for breakfast.

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