Too much service and sauce

Last updated 12:00 31/05/2012

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REVIEW: Flavour Bistro
Main St
(Downtown Shopping Centre),
Palmerston North Phone: 358 3528

Open: Mon-Sun 7.30am until late
Mains range up to $30.90
Reviewed by Lisa Durrant.

In the Downtown Shopping Centre, Flavour Bistro is ideally located for diners attending a movie, as we were.

We arrived at Flavour at the booked time of 8.15pm. This wasn't a problem until halfway through our main courses, when a waitress asked if we would like dessert as the kitchen staff were finishing shortly.

We obliged by having a quick look at the menu between mouthfuls and decided to share a white chocolate and Baileys cheesecake. We were glad we'd opted to share, as this was very rich, complete with a chocolate brownie-style base.

While Flavour has a limited dessert menu, its dinner menu offers an eclectic mix from around the globe.

There is a good range of light mains around the $19 mark, and also five pastas and four mains.

The entrees were more limited, with only four choices once you take out the breads and a platter for two. I chose chicken satay skewers, which were the standard offering served with a choice of satay or sweet chilli dipping sauces. The sweet chilli sauce had red onion and cucumber added to it, and the chicken was cooked well.

My friend's choice of smoked salmon and salsa looked much more interesting. Served on a long, narrow plate, the salmon pieces had been shaped into little roses, with the salsa in between, giving a nicely composed dish.

She went on to fish of the day for her main. This was pan-fried terakihi served with prawns and mussels, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, creamy mash "laced with white wine and dill sauce". I'm not sure what their idea of lacing a dish with sauce is, but the mash was swimming in it, with the fish balanced on top. The sauce obscured the fact there wasn't much in the way of prawns and mussels – probably only a couple of each.

The accompanying steamed vegetables were broccoli, carrots and cauliflower – plainly presented but well cooked.

My light main of lamb kofka was one large meatball sitting atop salad and foccacia bread. There was also meant to be a layer of feta, but I could only find a small amount of this. While I could faintly taste the Moroccan spices mentioned on the menu, it was not nearly as interesting as I was expecting.

Flavour's waiting staff were polite and friendly, with service throughout the evening attentive to the point of being slightly annoying.

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- Manawatu Standard

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