We’ve got a new fine dining establishment in the neighbourhood. Ryne. The name is anglo saxon meaning a course continuously moving onwards. It’s in St George’s Road just South of Piedmontes. There have been a few restaurants on the site which is a big one. We hope it work. Nice to have fine dining in walking distance.

We took Joe there for his birthday and found the food very good. You can choose between 2, 3 or 7 courses. You can choose from the main menu if you opt for either the 2 or 3 courses. But if going for the 7 courses you place yourself in the hands of the chef; a nice thing to do. It was a week night so we chose three courses with matching wines. The food was really good. We were there in the restaurant’s very earliest days and the service had a few wrinkles; too long for drinks to be served, a bit of a gap between later courses. Presumably these will have been fixed by now.

First course was one of the specials of the day. Marron. Delicious, perfect combination of flavours. Pretty, as well as being nice and light.

For the second course two of us had duck from the standard menu. It was a very substantial dish. Perfectly cooked and very flavoursome. Very good duck.

Joe had the pigeon dish which was one of the specials of the day. It was not quite as substantial as the duck but was a very fine dish.

And Sam had the Confit Kin Ora Salmon, a house specialty and another very successful dish.

Chocolate souffle for dessert. Who could resist this. Berries and chocolate, the perfect combination.

Joe opted for one of his favourite desserts; Tiramisu. Not a traditional approach but he liked it a lot.

And then we got a surprise. When we came in they asked whether we were there for a special occasion; then presented Joe with this at the end of his meal. Subtle and sweet.

Here’s a happy couple.


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