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180 Degrees Cafe & Bistro, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast

We hadn’t booked a table but walked into the Bistro early to see if we could get a table on this hot and sunny evening and received a warm, friendly welcome and told a table wouldn’t be a problem, so we chose to sit outside in the glorious sunshine.

Shared Scallop starter An interesting array of dishes on the menu led us to share a starter of Seared Scallops, a favourite, on a Cauliflour puree with Rocket – when it arrived they had kindly split the dish for us by plating it in two plates so we didn’t need to fight over a plate in the middle, which was a nice touch.  It was delicious, although I felt my scallops were slightly over cooked although seared nicely, they lacked that nice opaque middle I come to expect of perfectly cooked scallops.  The Cauliflour puree was a nice compliment to the dish, not over powering but a distinctive texture and flavour to contrast with the scallops.

My main was the Lamb on Broad bean puree with Kumara and I couldn’t fault it, the lamb was cooked well with a light pinkness in the middle, the broad bean puree was delicious and a nice, strong contrast in flavour to the lamb.  A choice of salad or seasonal veg was offered, so all in all a handsome portion of food – and so refreshing not to be charged extra for veggies!  The Kiwi opted for the Duck and although it was a great dish he felt he could have done with some more Duck!  He thought the fresh salad was lovely.

Lamb on Broad Bean Puree

A great meal in a lovely location with good service and a good price point – we will be back!


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