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Reviews for Bethany’s Restaurant & Cafe
by Linda M.
9th March 2013
Have eaten here several times including New Year’s Eve,always very nice and great service.would recommend.
by Dennis D.
8th February 2013
I have dined at Bethany’s on several occasions.
Each time I was very impressed.
The waiting staff are attentive but unobtrusive.
The restaurant with it park like surroundings make it a pleasant and peaceful place to dine.
The food – is delicious (and that is an understatement !).
It is always presented in a very appealing way and the staff always ask if everything is O.K.
I personally recommend it and will continue to dine there.
by Floz F.
24th November 2012
we dined at bethany’s a while ago now but thought it deserved our review. four of us dined there that night, with everyone having an array of different mains but all having the scallops for starters. we were all very impressed and enjoyed our meals thoroughly. we live in the hawkes bay but would surely stop in to dine at bethany’s again.
by Judi K.
18th October 2012
Quite nice food, but limited vegetarian options.
Hopeless to try and book though. They don’t answer their emails and if you try to phone you have to leave a message. Not impressed.
by Jon H.
19th September 2012
Bethany’s is a nice place. It’s classy without being too stuffy, it has well-sized meals and is reasonably priced, if not veering into the expensive category. The savoury pancake they do for brunch, with either bacon or salmon, is packed with caramelised onions, avocado and cheese and covered in hollandaise. It’s awesome.
A group of us went there recently for a friend’s birthday dinner. We started with platters and breads, which were all quite nice. The bread came with and without cheese and was drenched in oil. It was a bit greasy but tasted good. The platters had meat skewers covered in dukkah (bit dry but tasted ok), prawn skewers, ham, salami, salmon, a weirdly large amount of mescalin leaves (seemed pointless), fried crumbed fish, fish cakes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, feta and bread. The mussels were the only unappealing item on the platter. I didn’t taste one but three people near me said they were slimy and “disgusting”.
I ordered the pork belly for my main. It was a big chunk of meat and for the most part pretty tasty. It sat on a mash, which was more like crushed potatoes but tasty nevertheless, and had two battered onion rings. Some parts of the pork were a little bit tough to be honest, though I may have been a bit more critical as I had recently eaten the sticky, tender belly at Bellas.
My girlfriend had the salmon, which she enjoyed. The only downside was the tomato sauce with the dish was a little overpowering, she thought.
We ate too much to have dessert but it was a good night complete with great service and a pleasant atmosphere. I’ll definitely go back.
by Joanne H.
16th September 2012
I love Bethany’s! The service is good, the coffee is good and the food is excellent. I pretty much order the same thing every time I’m there. Chicken and mushroom filo, with salad. The filo is divine and the salad is great. Not just a few leaves, but a proper dressed salad. The sweets in the cabinet are always tempting too.
22nd July 2012
I really enjoyed the meal. Had the seafood pasta and it was perfect size and priced perfectly. My partner had the eggs Benedict which he to loved!
The service wasn’t great though and the food is what made it better. Felt like they had forgotten about us and waitresses spent a lot of time chatting to each other rather than noticing when customers needed something. So, customer service could be improved. Improved!! However good food, good portions, reasonable prices and lovely atmosphere! Worth checking out!!
15th July 2012
Firstly, I’d rate Bethany’s ‘very good’ as a restaurant, and ‘average’ as a cafe. We’ve been to Bethany’s a number of times and have really enjoyed their food and service. My larger family went there this morning, kids included, as its location on the square is a great place for the kids to spread out into and explore (with a few obliging dad’s!). That said, we’d love to see an improvement on their coffee making skills, 3 of us chose not to drink our coffee, my mocka was way too sweet and the other 2 coffees were just not good (two coffee lovers, so they’re fairly picky!). We’ve found the coffee pretty average in the past also. Also recommend upstairs in preference to downstairs as the kitchen noise made it difficult to hear conversation. Would still recommend Bethany’s for a nice dining experience, and would hope these comments are taken constructively!
by Natalie B.
3rd June 2012
Good location, ordered the fish and chip meal, was very happy. The service is friendly and very quick, had our main course within 15 minutes. We had our mains upstairs which was nice overlooking the square but was very hot and stuffy on a summers day. Were very satisfied after a filling main course. We were happy to top it off with a delicious dessert. Overall, this has to be one of my favorite restaurants in Palmeston North.
3rd June 2012
Great service, fantastic food and lovely atmosphere. Will definately dine here again.
7th November 2011
Had dinner at Bethany’s last week. A fairly good (though not great) steak with tasty vegies, followed by the best rice pudding ever.
Service was attentive without being over-bearing, and atmosphere better than many.
Wine was reasonably priced, and overall the meal was very good value for money. I’ll be back
by Gretchen B.
17th September 2011
I bought a deal voucher for Bethany’s off the net – we had lunch there 2 weeks ago – absolutely fantastic – the salmon savoury pancake was the best I have ever had & my daughter had the chicken salad sandwich which she loved – excellent service & cant wait to go back.
25th May 2011
okay, not as flash as they try to portray. It was not very impressive having to walk up a concrete stair case that should only be used as an emergency exit. Lighting was far too bright
by Nicole R.
14th December 2010
Very friendly staff, have been here a number of times and can’t go past the beef and prawn salad, just amazing.
by James N.
19th February 2010
Best food ever.. period!
13th September 2009
It was a while ago I was there last but but it was AMAZING, best salmon I have had in a long time, desert was perfect and service was brilliant
by Jane Gillies
17th August 2009
Our meal at bethany’s was a totally excellent experience which I look forward to repeating the next time we are in Palmy. So often when dining the food fall short of the anticipated standard but not at Bethany’s. A very busy evening ment a longer than usual wait for our meal but the waiter did come over and apologise and let us know our meals would not be long. I really wanted the twice cooked belly of pork but as the person I was dining with ordered it I decided to go for something else. A bit dubiously I ordered the beef fillet ( I have often been disappointed with steaks so was slightly reluctant). I was not disappointed, it was cooked to perfection, tender and mouthwatering and my friends meal was equally as wonderful with a delicate flavour that had us guessing. My dessert ( Lemon curd Creme brulee) was so devine I just did not want it to end,I was tempted to lick the bowl clean but controlled myself! The staff were friendly and efficient. Well done Bethany’s , Keep up the high standards and you wont go wrong. I look forward to coming back
17th May 2009
We have eaten there twice now, we found the Service & Staff to be excellent, meals are of a very high standard and just delicious, Top Marks
1st May 2009
went there for breakfast the other week, was greeted
straight away and shown a table, the staff were friendly and professional. The food didn’t take
long to arrive and was presented really well, I had the savory pancake and it was honestly one of the best meals I’ve had in palmerston, and we’ve pretty much been everywhere!! will be going there for weekend breakfasts from now on, no where else compares!!
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