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The world needs more welcoming haunts to catch up with friends for a cheeky mid-week pint, weekend cocktail and a hearty feed. Fortunately One Good Horse (technically a two-horse race – with locations in both Parklands and Avonhead) delivers on all three.

Unpretentious and welcoming, the Parklands location rocks the vibe of a bygone era; you'll feel like you're spending a day at the races in the early 1900s in an environment where rustic reclaimed woods join perfectly stuffed mahogany-button-tufted booth seating, and repurposed saddles and various equine paraphernalia pay homage to the legendary track stars of yesteryear.

The surroundings may echo the times when the great horses had gussied up folk flocking to the races, taking their chances on the big names, but tonight it seems everyone is placing their bets on dinner here. Spotting two dishes piled high with finger-licking ribs, fries, salad and coleslaw enroute to an eager table ignites some serious hunger pangs – we need to get to a table stat!

Glancing at the menu I’m torn between the marinated ribs and the ribeye steak. However, nothing gets passed me that easily, and I spot that you can add a portion of ribs to any grill meal for a cheeky $6. I place my order and I’m left with the menu which doubles as a placemat – I’m sensing things may get messy. On the flipside of the menu, we discover the dessert selection and the opportunity to draw a horse. The waitress tells me it’s aimed to occupy children, but adults are always keen to have a go!

It’s not long before my ‘turf and turf’ (steak and ribs) arrives – the horse sketch will have to wait. It’s an epic serve and a winner on every level: the steak is perfectly cooked and tender, the sticky sweet pork rib meat is falling off the bone and the coleslaw has just the right amount of crunch. Super crisp golden fries round out the meal, but I’m going to have to admit defeat and peruse the liqueur coffee offerings for the home straight.

One Good Horse
6 Inwoods Road, Parklands 03 383 0417
120 Withells Road, Avonhead 03 358 8960


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Guest 24 February 2018