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Picnic in the gardens; pleasant occasion, dull food

Lunch with friends on a fine spring day in a garden setting ought to be a pleasurable occasion, but Picnic, the cafe in Wellington’s Botanical gardens only half pie delivered the expected delights. Half pie is a deliberate expression, meaning it was halfway, kind of ok but not really very good. And it was, in fact, the lamb and kumara pie that let them down. Picnic is certainly popular and there’s been good sized crowds each time we have been there. The setting – either inside the café itself or out in the open air garden air – is pleasant. The staff work hard, by café standards they are competent, the menu is wide ranging, and the kitchen turns out the food quickly enough. But for us each visit has been less than memorable. Last time I had the fish cakes, which were adequate; there was fish and potato mashed into a couple of cakes, recooked and dressed with salad with a splash of dressing. Quite alright, but not pass remarkable. This time I had the salmon nicoise, which was
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