Sunday, 13 February 2011

Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant, Waiheke

We had a magnificent evening out at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant last night.  Located in a setting with majestic views looking back to Auckland and over Waiheke, the décor of the restaurant itself is clean and functional but it feels a bit lacking in terms of quality.  The crockery, cutlery and glasses however were of a high calibre.

For entrée, I had a lovely Seared & Spice encrusted tuna and Jane had an exquisite Paddle Crab salad on a Wasabi Mousse.

The Lamb Loin was very flavoursome with a strong pistachio and olive sauce.  The Beef Eye fillet was also ridiculously tender and beautifully cooked.  To accompany my main course I had a Te Whau 2007 “The Point” Bordeaux blend and it was magnificent.


For dessert we shared a Chocolate.Truffle Tart with a Coffee Panacotta and Fresh berries, and a Washed rind cheese.  Both were excellent, however the chocolate tart dessert was as Jane described “Perfect”; all components contributed to a beautiful balance.

It’s not a cheap evening out but the meals are superbly executed, service excellent and a magnificent vista.  Thoroughly recommended.

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