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Sally's Restaurant, Russell

25 The Strand
Russell , North Island
New Zealand
Tel: 64 9 403 7652's insider take:

In this sweet seaside village in the Bay of Islands, where the warm-weather population swells with tourists and "swallows" (better known in North America as "summer people"), Sally's is a year-round comfort. In the winter, the dining room, with windows overlooking the waterfront promenade, is warm and welcoming, and so is the simple, hearty fare, like seafood chowder crammed with fresh mussels, shrimp, and catch-of-the-day fish such as native John Dory. In the summer, you can grab a table on the patio and dig into a portion of perfectly crunchy fish and chips. Proprietor Sally Taylor, a fixture in Russell for more than 25 years, is always on hand to greet diners.

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