Cobb & Co, Taupo, New Zealand

Cobb & Co, April 2014, Restaurant Review, The Flawed GuruOn the second night of our recent long weekend holiday away, we knew what we had to choose from restaurant wise due to the night before when we walked around the various Taupo eating destinations. But one had stuck in my mind more than the rest, and it was purely for nostalgic reasons. That being Cobb & Co, which I didn’t even know existed anymore, and due to many good childhood memories there, I thought I’d want to give it another go.

We got taken to our seat by someone and were presented with menus which we started to look over. Before we even had much of a chance to do so, we had a different person come up and ask if we were ready to order. I said we needed more time, but ordered drinks instead. Not long after that our drinks turned up, and the same person as before asked again if we were ready to order, which again I had to say no, we needed more time.

Cobb & Co, April 2014, Restaurant Review, The Flawed GuruWhen we did decide on what to get, we thought Curly Fires with Garlic Aioli as a starter was a good option, with Beef Nachos for me, and Chicken Fettuccine for the lady in my life. We then had a second person come up and ask if we were ready to order, and this time we were. Now, I’m not really a fan of having more than one person serving and taking orders, as in my experience it’s always left itself open for mistakes and confusion. But, she took our order, and all seemed good.

The curly fries turned up, and was a damn good choice for a starter. Especially when dipped into the aioli sauce! Not long after that our mains turned up. The fettuccine looked good, but it had a side salad that just seemed awkwardly served. My nachos looked alright, but the sour cream and other toppings just seemed kind of dropped on top, with no thought into presentation at all, so that was a bit disappointing.

Cobb & Co, April 2014, Restaurant Review, The Flawed GuruThe fettuccine tasted great, but the sauce used on the salad made it a little off putting, but all up that was a damn good meal. With the nachos though, being a big fan of them, I always judge them off the chip first. Sadly they used unflavoured chips which I’m never a fan of. The rest of it was decent enough, but all up it was a mixed bag for the food.

Another thing that annoyed me during the meal was being asked twice if everything was ok, and by two different people. Now, I understand why they do this, as most restaurants ask how things are going. Even though I don’t like it, I never hold it against them. But being asked twice, by the two different people who either tried or took our order, just reminded me why I don’t like more than one person serving a table.

Once we were finished though, my girlfriend went to pay, as it was her shout. But the girl behind the counter did the whole payment process talking to her co-worker, and barely acknowledged my girlfriend at all, and rude behaviour like that doesn’t really have an excuse, so that just topped off a rather average experience all round.

5.5 out of 10 from me!!!

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