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Top Tastes is designed to help you find the best food and beverage venues and products; whether you want delicious fish chips, beautiful café food in a winery setting, finely crafted formal dining, food ideas, wine reviews or cocktail recipes this is your guide to the best New Zealand has to offer.

Top Tastes was created by Neil Hodgson and managed by him, he has invited other writers to contribute to the site, this means more regional information will be added as time goes by. You will find a range of opinions, reviews and recipes from people who know their stuff when it comes to food and beverage.

Only reviews written by this select group will be published on the site (you are welcome to leave comments of course) so you will be able to trust the review – no fake reviews, no ranting, just good information to help you choose great things to eat and drink as well as the best places to eat out.

THE LATEST REVIEWS

Under the Hood BBQ Sauce

Early last year I wrote about Dave King who started Under the Hood BBQ with his wife Michelle. Since then the business has really taken off, even though it is a side hustle for a couple who have full-time employment and run Under the Hood BBQ in the evenings and at weekends. Let’s have a […]

What?Gnocchi!

The Nelson Farmers Market is alive and well in its new location next to the library in Halifax St, in fact, the site seems purpose-made for this great market. There’s plenty of space so stalls are a little more spread out, which is great for social distancing, and there’s enough room for more traders to […]

Under the Hood BBQ Sauce

Early last year I wrote about Dave King who started Under the…

What?Gnocchi!

The Nelson Farmers Market is alive and well in its new location…

FEATURED ARTICLES

Under the Hood BBQ Sauce

Early last year I wrote about Dave King who started Under the…

What?Gnocchi!

The Nelson Farmers Market is alive and well in its new location…

ViaVio Cheese

Flavio Donati and Flavia Spena set up ViaVio Cheese at the end…

Little Dove Café

In recent weeks we have been talking a lot about supporting local…

Foxy Boxy - the ultimate gift boxes

there are lots of local options, be it wine or gourmet treats to enjoy over a few days I think a food and beverage gift is a lot better than a trinket that will never be used.

Red16

Red16 is a little haven in New Street, originally set up as Japanese style sushi restaurant, Sachi Sushi was designed as a calm relaxing space to enjoy beautiful seafood sashimi and sushi. When the owners sold it became Rhythm & Brown, a cool little cocktail lounge and now that it’s Red 16 the relaxed ambiance of the Japanese restaurant is still front and centre. They serve a range of craft beers, real ales, local & international wines and cocktails with delicious tacos and

TOP WINES TASTINGS

We’ve put together a team of experts who have a passion for writing about food and beverages.