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 Baker’s Coffee Shop

As published in the Nelson Mail – 03.03.15 One of the things I love about Nelson is the diversity brought to the region by immigrants, they don’t just add numbers to the population, but they bring their culture with them too. We have a large number of ethnic restaurants in Nelson that all make delicious […]

The Baker's Coffee Shop

As published in the Nelson Mail - 03.03.15 One of the things…


Salvito’s Pizza Bar

When John Esposito opened a pizza bar named after his two sons (Salvi and Vito) he was determined to bring authentic Italian flavours that reflect his family’s heritage and he has done exactly that with spectacular success. The pizzas at Salvito’s are wonderful.

Moutere Hills Wines and Forsters

Located in Eggers Road, behind the Upper Moutere village, what was Moutere Hills winery and restaurant has been transformed over the last few of years into Forsters at Moutere Hills, a beautiful dining location where you can sit outside on a sunny day or be wrapped up inside on a colder winter’s day.

Master of Cheese uses her refined palate to help lift Sri Lankan dairy farmers out of poverty

On Friday, March 26 at 6:30pm, Juliet will be hosting a tasting…

The Fat Tui

If you have been around Nelson as long as I have you will remember…

Hans Herzog and Natural Wines

I have tried many natural wines in recent years and have written…

Little Nessie Cafe

I love positive people and I don’t think anyone who opens a…


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