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.