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Published December 11th 2017
The Flying Pigeon Restaurant in Gisborne is one of those places your just happy to keep going back to because you know you'll be served great food and drinks by friendly, knowledgeable staff in a relaxed and friendly environment.
It's been that way since Day-1 and locals in the know will tell you that it's impossible to fault either the menu or the service.
Mouth-watering Entrees and great value for money mains have to be tried to be believed. Image: Courtesy Flying Pigeon Restaurant
The Flying Pigeon serves up a fusion of Asian cuisine, all first class fare but the homemade dumplings are to die for. Pork, Wombok & Dill Dumplings with ginger and aged rice vinegar, Chicken, ginger & lemongrass Dumplings with spicy coconut broth or Prawn Dumplings with house Sichuan Chilli Oil ... I'm salivating over the keyboard just thinking about it.
The rest of the menu is a mix of a' la carte and tasting platters. Mouth-watering entrees such as Cantonese Style Barbeque Pork ($13) and Thai Style Pulled Pork Tacos ($10.50) lead into mains of Lamb Winter Curry($28), Sichuan Beef Stir-fry ($20), Asian style wok tossed green beans ($12) or my absolute favorite, the Thai style slow-cooked pork belly ($26) has to be tried to be believed.
Traditional Asian dishes similar to this are at the heart of the Flying Pigeons Asian fusion menu.
There's a 3-Course Tasting Menu for $39 per person or 4-Courses for $49 per person.
On a recent group outing, we ordered the 4-Course Tasting Menu for 14 people. Servings were plentiful and the entire group was unanimous in their praise for the quality of food and the service.
Tasting Menus require a minimum of four adults ordering and the a' la carte menu is only available for groups 10 or less.
The Flying Pigeons homemade dumplings are to die for.
The Flying Pigeon is fully licensed (No BYO) serving Asahi beer on tap along with a selection of bottled beers, some excellent local wines and a range of creative cocktails.
Open for Lunch Tuesday to Friday 12 Noon to 3 PM and Dinner Wednesday to Sunday 6 PM to 9 PM the Flying Pigeon is at the Nexus Centre, 7/13 Goode Street, Gisborne.
Regulars at the Flying Pigeon will tell you that it's impossible to fault either the menu or the service.