The Cav is actually a gastropub but fits better under my Restaurant category other than the Quick Bites.
The newly opened Freeman’s Bay eatery has a very comfortable atmosphere, with plenty of seating inside and out. The outside is great for winter with clear roll down windows with plenty of heaters. The high tables are done right with hooks for bags – Big Tick!
If your a foodie like myself I would recommend this place as more of drinking hole, then somewhere to opt to eat. The menu is extensive with a southern american theme however is wonders off with offering a jap dish, a chinese dish, a bit of french, etc. It needs to pick one theme and cuisine and do it really well. Just a couple of fix ups needed — on the menu its titled “Sandwiches” however a sandwich is not a taco or a burger – if they are going to do sandwiches then offer sandwiches or maybe just remove the word sandwiches to avoid misleading information.
I was really pleased with the portion size, for $18-$19 its good for value. However its sad to say the pics I have taken portray the food maybe too well. Everything was really lacking in seasoning and had no real flavour. I also go for healthier options but these days most places deep fried food is less greasy tasty, again this was not the case. The slaw also was also not very fresh tasting and the taco which is suppose to be soft was either toasted or not fresh, because it was quite hard which was a real shame. The best thing on both dishes were the hand cut chips – really crisp on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside!
Just one more tip Cav – We were asked 4x in 2mins from 4 diff waiters whether we wanted another drink which was a bit frustrating – so I think being a new place some kinks are still there and need wrinkling out.
Other than that – Quick food and service but def a place to visit for a chilled afternoon or evening drink and a great atmosphere.
Value for Money: Good
68 College Hill, Ponsonby