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Come for dinner Prime Minister!

8 February 2013

Come for dinner Prime Minister!

There’s no need to eat cold baked beans when one of Wellington’s best chefs is cooking dinner across the road from Premier House. Come for dinner John - we’d love to see you at Charlie Bill!

Its five years this week since award winning chef Hemi Tahu opened Charlie Bill - Fine Food Bistro on Tinakori Road, but has the PM popped in for dinner yet? Nope, not once! In fact, Hemi says the number one question his customers ask is whether John Key has eaten at Charlie Bill.

“It’s quite funny really. I’m not sure why they’re interested, but people always ask,” says Hemi. “I guess it’s because we are literally 10 metres from the front gate of Premier House. They’re always really disappointed that he hasn’t been in yet.

“When we saw a TV interview with the PM earlier this week, where he said he often resorts to eating cold baked beans out of a can for dinner, we thought we simply have to get him to Charlie Bill so he can get a decent meal!”

And the PM won’t be disappointed. Hemi is one of New Zealand’s most talented chefs, having won both ‘Chef of the Nation’ and ‘Chef of the Capital’ awards. As a descendent of Tuwharetoa, Hemi often incorporates traditional flavours and ingredients into his cuisine. He is widely recognised as an innovator in this regard.

With David Burton giving Charlie Bill 5/5 for service and 5/5 for food, Hemi is confident the PM will enjoy “eating next door” and supporting a local business.

“We’re a small restaurant, providing an intimate setting for our customers,” says Hemi. “That’s one of our points of difference. It suits people who don’t like being caught up in queues, vying for attention from waiting staff or having to talk over loud background noises.

“Come and see us John – bring Bronagh in for Valentine’s Day and we’ll look after you,” he says. “Heck, we could even deliver if you’d like a romantic night in – just let us know.”

Charlie Bill is open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday. It’s BYO on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Brunch is offered from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday.

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