Some­where spe­cial to eat

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Ex­pect the un­ex­pected at Gra­mado’s. It’s a sur­prise to find Brazil­ian fare in Blenheim. Even more sur­pris­ing is how good the restau­rant is. The food is ex­cel­lent; the lamb de­li­cious and the pasta (there’s a lit­tle Ital­ian flair here, too – an­other twist) was beau­ti­ful. But what keeps peo­ple com­ing back is the pas­sion of owner and chef Saulo Camillo Nunes. From of­fer­ing a chilli-tast­ing ses­sion to slip­ping din­ers spoon­fuls of the dessert of the day, all of Saulo's guests are friends, not cus­tomers. Gra­mado’s is on Main Street but tucked away from the town cen­tre.

74 Main Street, (03) 579 1192, gama­dos­restau­

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