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Good old fashioned Kiwi dishes, Thai cuisine and seafood creations

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REVIEW - FLAMES RESTUARANT

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Flames may not be top of mind yet as a restaurant destination however, it may be one that you might like to add to your list. I loved the fact that we were out of town and near the sea air. The hotel lights at night were a welcoming getaway for my dining partner and I, after a busy week and there was no need to worry about parking.

The service from the maître d’ was excellent and made our night as we chatted about the famous 1970’s and 80’s photographs that lined the lobby walls and the history behind the bands, a great conversation starter.

There were a few tables of fellow locals and it was nice to hear that more and more walk in’s were coming through lately, as well as the regular hotel guests.

The menu was a mix of good old fashioned Kiwi dishes, Thai cuisine and seafood creations.

My love of Thai food was pleasured with a mixed Thai starter. Chicken skewer served in their satay sauce with a traditional homemade Thai spring roll wrapped in rice paper and a filo pastry wrapped around potato, onion and chicken. Delicious!

Half a dozen Mexicana green lipped Mussels came out fresh from the grill in a mild Mexican-style salsa topped with cheese, these matched beautifully with the house Pinot Noir.

We were drawn to the tasty Gangnam’s Louisiana Fish, described as East meets West. This was a very subtle Cajun-infused pan fried dish, with Korean fusion sauce, basil pesto rice, lemon parsley buttered rice served with a side of fresh vegetables and seasonal salad for $25.00.

I opted for the $29.00 Scotch Fillet with mushroom sauce, accompanied with seasonal vegetables, a hearty meal for a cold Autumns evening.

Having found a bit of extra room for dessert, we chose the Banana Tri Cream, a twist on the traditional banana boat dessert with a selection of three flavours, perfect for any ice cream lover. We also went for the salted caramel cheesecake of the day.

Flames offer a relaxed and friendly night out in pleasant surroundings for when you want to get away from it all and enjoy conversations without the need to shout over the table to each other. Our fellow diners left before us and the comments walking past were positive, obviously happy regulars themselves.

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