Caroline’s Boatshed – Whanganui

Caroline’s Boatshed – http://carolinesboatshed.co.nz/

Reviewed by FiFi, August 2017

The Place:
This cafe was once the historic Aramoho Hotel building which has been restored and modernised into this lovely cafe / restaurant / pub.  There is plenty of stylish, trendy seating inside or outside where you overlook the Whanganui River while you dine.  This place is fresh and vibrant and has a very modern and busy, yet relaxed atmosphere.  There is cabinet food, however the menu is varied and scrumptious with something to satisfy everyones tastebuds. You can order traditional breakfasts, or steaks, seafood, salads, soups etc.  They have a kids menu as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.  It is also licensed however considering it had not struck noon yet we opted for coffees.  For the Bene options you could chose either the Montreal (salmon), Benedict (bacon) or vegetarian (tomato, mushrooms). They are all accompanied with potato, kumara hash, spinach, hollandaise, english muffin and balsamic reduction.

The Service:
The service was good.  The staff were friendly and they delivered our food quickly and with a smile.

The Presentation:
The plating would have been perfect if only they had not zig zagged the balsamic reduction across the hollandaise.  Other than that the layering of food looked appealing.   The sprinkling of cayenne pepper on the plate combined with the pinch of greenery on top added to the layering and gave the dish overall colour and jazziness.

  • The Montreal – overall the meal was lovely, hot, tasty and filling.
  • The Eggs – were warm and runny, just how they should be.
  • The Salmon – tasted great but I would have preferred a wee bit more.
  • The Kumara Hash – was very yummy and had some great flavours.
  • The Potato – was lovely and the combination with the kumara hash gave the dish some substance, hence making it very filling.
  • The Spinach – was overdone but still tasted okay.
  • The Hollandaise – the rich, creamy sauce melted in your mouth and they served just the right amount

Would We Go Again?
Yes.  The atmosphere, service, food and company made this a memorable dining experience.

Scorecard:
Style: 9/10 – classic with a slight twist that included potato, kumara hash and spinach.

Taste: 9/10 – the combination of potato, kumara, spinach with the touch of cayenne pepper and balsamic reduction was mouth-watering.

Originality: 9/10 –the kumara hash put this bene on another level.

Value: 10/10 – At the time of dining the price was $14.80 which is ridiculously cheap.   The price has since gone up to $16.50 which is still value for money.  Either price is very good for the portion size and extras such as the spinach, kumara hash and potato.  I also liked the way all 3 bene options were the same price.  Extras were all $4 each which again is quite reasonable when you compare to other eateries.

Eggs: 9/10

Overall score: 9/10

181 Somme Parade, Aramoho, Whanganui 4500

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