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April 13, 2014 | by  | in Food Opinion |
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Foxglove (Review)

Last week, the ever-popular Foxglove hosted a soirée to launch Executive Chef James Pask’s new menu and food concept, and Salient was lucky enough to be invited. Delicious mojitos and a deconstructed banana-split cocktail were among the items on offer, as well as miniature versions of items from the bar and dinner menu. Salient couldn’t say no to miniature versions of food; and the baby burgers that were on offer were delicious. Unfortunately for the author, the dinner menu has a limited vegetarian range, but Salient has been assured that the meat dishes are lovely.

The price range of Foxglove is a bit out of a student budget to be your Saturday night pre-clubbing go-to. Never fear, given that the dinner menu is limited here anyway, so your best use of Foxglove is to have a few drinks and peruse the extensive bar snack list: bar snacks are always expensive if you go by a food quantity:price ratio, but at least if you order them here, you won’t pay too much more than anywhere else and Foxglove features an impressive selection. Salient recommends the Hemingway Daiquiri and the Violet Collins cocktails, the latter tasting like a delicious melted lemonade popsicle.

Foxglove has a polished, elegant décor: the owners succeeded in merging 1940s glamour with modernity. The real coup is the view from the upstairs deck though – although, given its prime waterfront position and proximity to the CBD, if you try to get a seat outside on any relatively fine-weathered day outside of business hours your chances are slim: after 5 pm, Foxglove fills quickly with suits. Dress in your best yopro get-up, forget about your student loan and pretend that this will be your life when you eventually graduate – hobnobbing it at nice places on the waterfront and enjoying cheese platters.

Honourable mention must go to the ever-friendly wait staff – I have never had a bad experience with any of them; they are personable, and informed about the menu and drinks list. You may notice the similarities between Foxglove and Snapdragon, on Auckland’s waterfront – Pack & Company owns a multitude of successful bars/restaurants, as well as Matterhorn on Cuba St. The similarity between Foxglove and Snapdragon detracts from the experience for the author: the vibe feels more contrived. That said, the afternoons spent drinking cocktails and eating bar snacks have always been enjoyable.

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