Izzy
38 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
Ph: (09) 213 0776

WE THOUGHT: 13.5 - Good
WE SPENT: $168 for two.

The rain was a scythe. A shiny sheet of solid cold and wet slicing horizontally across Jervois Rd. We screamed and ran. On the doorstep, we shook our hair, our handbags, our very cores. A small, sodden pack of hungry.

"Inside table?" said our waitperson in the understatement of my dining year.

We took a small table down the long wall adjacent to the bar and tried to remember what this place used to be (Saigon Kitchen, I think). Izzy touts itself as a "unique blend of Japanese, Vietnamese and Latin cuisine", which sounds a lot but, when you think