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The Grand and not so grand
The Grand Steakhouse is a rela-
tively new addition to
Courtenay Place (just along
from the St James), but seems to be
fitting in just fine.
We arrived on a Sunday evening
and were offered a seat by the fire.
The decor couldn t be more different to
its predecessor, Shooters Bar.
A long wooden bar, leather booths,
and fantastic large prints of old Wel-
lington gives the restaurant a slightly
Despite an impressive entrees
menu, we opted only for mains and
dessert. We may return though
because as well the usual fries and
garlic bread, there were a number of
exciting looking, tapas-like options,
including spiced lamb strips.
The mains menu was extensive --
stone grills, steaks, chicken, fish,
burgers. I couldn t pass up the Island
Bay surf n turf stone grill, a 200g
rump steak with prawns, scallops,
salad and fries ($26). We also ordered
the tender pork roll, with caramelised
apples, mashed potatoes and gravy
($27) and the chicken breast with avo-
cado and camembert cheese wrapped
in bacon and served with scallop
It was a tough a choice though,
because the salmon Wellington was
With visions of a pumping night-
club in our minds, we were not sure
what to expect when we opted for The
Grand. We were pleasantly surprised.
The surf n turf was fun as you get to
cook the meat to your liking. The fries
were disappointing, though.
The chicken was beautifully pres-
ented and the scallop potatoes were a
The pork roll was huge, but a little
overcooked. The apples and mash got
a thumbs-up, as did the crackling.
All the meals were big serves,
though we did manage to clear away
most of it away.
Despite there only being five or so
groups dining, our service was poor.
We had to ask for water, were not told
of any dinner specials and when our
plates were eventually cleared, half
were left behind and forgotten for a
further 10 minutes.
We seemed to be served by three
people, yet still had to wait another 15
minutes to be offered a dessert menu.
We were told there was no lemon
meringue pie, which was hugely
disappointing, and had to ask what
the chocolate delight special was.
All the desserts are great value at
$10, and the servings are just as
generous as the mains.
We opted for the apple cake, choc-
olate mud cake with chocolate sauce,
and the trio of Kapiti icecreams with
caramel sauce and Oreo cookies.
The apple cake was the clear
favourite; the mud cake was rich and
chocolatey and the icecream delight-
ful, though noticeably sans cookies.
The Grand also offers a $10 lunch
menu, which I imagine would be a
fairly good value-for-money meal. Its
cheap breakfast menu was also noted.
Our three mains, three desserts and
three soft drinks cost $120.
The lack of service was
disappointing, but we had an enjoy-
able night and the meals were better
No fountain for Oriental Bay this winter
By LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Oriental Bay could be with-
out its fountain for the win-
ter after the removal of its
pump for repairs this month.
Wellington City Council
Richard MacLean said the
Carter Fountain was likely
to be out of operation for
It looks like it s possibly
not going to be back for at
least six weeks, he said.
You can probably kiss
goodbye to it this winter.
Mr MacLean said the
faulty pump was not unex-
pected. It just wears out.
Every so often it does
conk out on us. It s a pretty
hostile environment for
motors because it s pumping
salt water and it s in the
middle of the harbour.
The pump has been sent to
Auckland for repairs.
Oriental Bay Residents
Association president Colin
Blair said the fountain s
faults were unfortunate but
to be expected.
It s a pretty attractive
feature when it s up and
going and most Welling-
tonians love to see it there.
They do have troubles with
it from time to time -- it s a
pretty tough site for it.
The Carter Fountain was
installed in 1973 as a gift
from local resident Hugh
Carter. It was last repaired
Safari orienteers tough it out
Best dressed: Kether Gati of Lyall Bay
took some trouble with his appearance
for Sunday's City Safari. He competed
with Naom and Finn MacKay.
Not with him: Naom, left, and Finn
MacKay of Lyall Bay competed with
Kether Gati in the City Safari.
Photos: JIM CHIPP
By JIM CHIPP
The annual City Safari rogaine
extended its range to Petone for the
first time on Sunday.
Organiser Michael Wood said tor-
rential morning rain and high winds
that put a stop to harbour ferry
sailings failed to deter 500 Safari
The City Safari is a wide-ranging
orienteering event in which competi-
tors may use public transport to get
around the region and answer as
many questions as possible at the
Questions ranged from Name the
boat sticking out of the north side of
the the Settlers Museum to How
many bolts hold up the Philip Myers
Park sign? .
The rain was gone by lunchtime and
the sun shone on the finish line.
Competitors were allowed to use Go
Wellington, Valley Flyer, Airport
Flyer, Newlands Coach Services
buses, Tranz Metro trains and the
In the six-hour event the Cupid
Stunts team of Mark Wallace, Kath
Allen and Ben Sutherland of Petone
were overall and mixed-team winners.
Last year s winning team Centurions,
comprising Andy Foster and Mark
Hearfield were second overall and
Margarella -- Margaret Reynolds
and Ella Vilipaama -- from Owhiro
Bay won the women s section.
Family Randal were the first family
team, Road Works the first school
team and Bag of Cats the fastest
Mixed team Tough Like Jelly --
Rachel and Liam Drew of Wilton --
won the three-hour race. Wild West
Trampers -- Ann Kendon, Jo McKen-
zie and Suzie McQuoid of Wadestown
-- were first women.
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