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By Heather• 12 Mar 2015 • 5 Comments
Coene’s Provisions in the Port Nich Yacht Club is the latest offering from the Williams Pub Company. Given the ANZAC commemorations approaching, it’s a timely reminder of some of this country’s history.
Commander Edgar Coene from America was stationed here during World War II to direct naval troops based in the South Pacific (check out the black and whites on the wall). Flash to the modern day and Will Crutchley has come from New York to once again direct the troops, this time to feed the metropolitan masses.
I had a pile of questions burning a hole in my pocket. Do the chefs just throw a line off the balcony to catch said dinner? How will they move along the view hoggers? Have they managed to make me feel like I'm in my own living room, like their other establishments have? And is the ghost of Marty still prowling the kitchen? Phew. I decided to launch straight into it.
The chefs damned near throw a line off the balcony. Shortly a local fisherman will sail up each day with fresh fish to be magicked into that day’s specials. Hard to say you get it that fresh elsewhere!
I had no trouble from those view hoggers, in fact we enjoyed the views together. There are plenty of views for all, with the inner booths and tables being taller than the window ones.
The mood is relaxed Kiwi-American diner; the menu's focused on sharing plates, the view spectacular, and customer service was excellence without intrusion (their staff were all very welcoming, friendly and helpful). Oh dear, my lounge clearly has a long way to go.
As to the ghost of Marty - not spotted or heard, but possibly lurking given the goodly number of seafood dishes on offer. Items that caught my eye included:
You will recognize local liquids (Panhead, ParrotDog, Tuatara, Garage Project, Six Barrell) and find most of the wines by the glass to be NZ.
In synergy with other WPC ventures, Coene’s also like to aim for service moments of excellence (their words), support the community by sponsoring individuals, community groups or teams, and hosting fund raising quiz events.
You’d be doing the country a service.
Open seven days from 8am.