A city favourite, Trevinos continues to satisfy with its recipe for success.WORDS Davina Richards PHOTOGRAPHY Charlie Jackson
Trevinos Restaurant and Bar is a popular contemporary venue nestled in Riccarton and but a hop, skip and a jump from Hagley Park. On the scene since 2000, it offers a choice of al-fresco dining in a cosy courtyard complete with gas fire, or indoor casual dining in the large bar area.
When we entered the venue the crowd had created a lively atmosphere, and going by the clinking sound of plates from the kitchen, the staff were busy, but there was no indication of stress – just smiles and good service.
The friendly waitress placed my fiancé and I in one of the seating booths and we ordered a pint of Steinlager and a glass of Mac’s cranberry, ginger and cinnamon as we perused the extensive menu. It offers everything from entrées and starters through to pizza, pasta, meat and seafood dishes, and an excellent wine list covering a mixture of Kiwi and Aussie beverages.
As a restaurant renowned for specialising in Mediterranean food, it seemed appropriate for at least one of us to order a seafood meal. A glance to the specials board took the interest of my fiancé who immediately confirmed his choice for the 100g West Coast whitebait with garden salad and pommes frites. I opted for the garlic and paprika spice-rubbed pork cutlet with apple and red cabbage slaw and kumara chips.
Tucking in, we were delighted. A generous portion of whitebait scored points, while the perfectly cooked pork chops had just the right amount of spice and balanced nicely with the sweet kumara. As we dined, I noticed the attentive staff served drinks and food as quickly as they removed empty plates and glasses.
We couldn’t leave without ordering the dessert special: New York baked vanilla cheesecake with ice cream and crème brûlée with pistachio biscotti and vanilla ice cream – a taste sensation and a great choice for those who want to indulge in a bit of naughtiness.
Trevinos has been around long enough to know exactly what customers want and, with its combination of delicious food, professional service and ability to cater to different groups, whether it’s for a casual coffee, catch up with work colleagues or family gatherings, it’s no wonder people flock here.
Trevinos Restaurant and Bar – 22 Riccarton Road, Riccarton – 03 343 5378- www.trevinos.co.nz