Posts Tagged ‘Tiffany’s Restaurant’

In days gone by, even for a while after the earthquakes, our favourite place for a special dinner was Tiffany’s.  It had a wonderful situation beside the river and excellent food.   Sadly it changed hands some years ago, and with all the demolition and roadworks the replacement Regatta is struggling.   We had a platter there in 2014, and were not particularly impressed.  Recently they offered a Devonshire Tea for two for $10 on ‘Grab One’, so we thought we’d try again.

Bookings were requested, but we were walking into town and unsure when we’d get there, so waited until we reached the Container Mall to phone.   I was told that the scones weren’t ready yet (at 11am – presumably no-one else had come for morning tea), but that we could have slices instead if we wanted to come then.  Crossing Durham Street was a challenge with cones and fences, but we made it.  Regatta displayed a cabinet of food with no sign of any other customers.  We sat outside and enjoyed the river view, together with chocolate brownies and hot drinks.

Good value for $10, but sad to see how much the restaurant has declined.  Obviously they will be hoping for better times when more of the rebuild is complete, and they probably get some custom from people visiting the Memorial Wall.  I just wonder whether they will survive.

“This restaurant has passed its prime
and now waits for a better time.”





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On Saturday three of us met late afternoon at Regatta on Avon.  Prior to the earthquakes this was Tiffany’s Restaurant, expensive, and kept for special occasions.

Its new manifestation is more of a bar/cafe.  They have a beautiful riverside situation, across a busy road from the Re-start Mall.  We’d hoped to sit outside, but a strong wind and the threat of rain meant we were glad to be indoors. As we entered we were greeted by a bucket and mop.  It looked as though they were barely open, but apparently the cleaning apparatus was due to a malfunction of the dehumidifier.

We were shown to a table with stools, and had to ask to be given the only two available chairs with backs.  Luckily Stephen was happy sitting on a stool.  I’d bought an online voucher for a shared platter, and when I rang to book I was told these were served only on the half hour.  When the platter came it was attractive and generous – certainly would have been plenty for four.   It was mainly deep fried items, but there was also bread, with a tasty cheese and apricot spread and cute tiny hamburgers.  The small squid rolls were rubbery, but everything else was fine.  The platter doesn’t show on their online menu, so maybe it’s a special idea to woo new customers.  Or maybe it’s just that their website needs some maintenance.  It shows their Google Maps location with the narration ‘Tiffany’s Restaurant CLOSED’ in red, and what appears to be a Facebook link doesn’t work.

Their dinner menu looks reasonable, and we might try again on an evening with better weather.  I did like the heraldic Rs on glassware and shirts – seemed just meant for Ruth – but it definitely seemed more a bar than a restaurant.

“Regatta don’t quite make the grade.
Their edges are a little frayed.”



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