Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Mudbrick (Waiheke Island) Auckland, NZ
Life cannot be finer than a cool, crisp New Zealand Spring day and a leisurely lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant. Take a ferry ride on Fullers Ferry from Auckland, rent a car and whist away to one of the most gorgeous views on Waiheke Island. Snuggled on top a hill awaits a delicious meal prepared to perfection and sites to make you "ooh" and "aah"!
You will not only marvel at the view, but also the cuisine. I was tempted to try one of their world renowned wines, but it was going to be a long day. Instead I chose to enjoy a refreshing Sidra Del Verona apple, peach and apricot cider. Luscious and a perfect pairing for my meal.
Perusing the menu briefly, I knew just want I wanted - the Saffron Papardelle consisting of prawns, clams, market fish, cherry tomatoes and fennel in a delicate broth. It was divine! All the seafood was extremely fresh! It was as if they caught it that morning. The table also partook of the market fish of the day, topped with a cauliflower purée, candied grapes and a jamon & anchovy brown butter. The roasted chicken & jamon croquetas and the wilted beetroot with lentils and walnuts were also enjoyed. We finished the meal with shared fried doughnuts accompanied with lemon curd and raspberry purée.
I can assure you, Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant was the perfect way to start my culinary quest through New Zealand! You definitely need to make reservations for the main dining room. But, the casual dining room was just perfect for me. Both have spectacular views and serve the same menu.
"Kia ora!" (Translation: "Be well/healthy " in Māori)
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Mudbrick Winery & Restaurant
126 Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke,
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