Hands-down, the best food in the North-West (Kumeu & surrounds) and, arguably, the best quality for money in Auckland in the fine European segment.
The food is, in a word, astonishing. We’ve now visited a few times, and the menu seems to change regularly. Each time, a slightly kooky, mind-bending and utterly delicious symphony of flavours and textures.
Imagine a dark chocolate mousse cigar, with peanut hokey-pokey and salty/crunchy wild rice ice cream on the side, or a butter-tender cut of venison in a mocha sauce/rub with goji berries and almonds. It's insane. It's food that makes you smile, scratch your head and sneak a bite or six from your dining companion's plate. It's nigh-on-perfect.
Evgeni the chef is a mad Russian gourmet scientist and he's here to explode your palate.
The owners/hosts should be very proud of the work they’re doing – delivering top-notch food and service with obvious care and enthusiasm. As a bonus on top of it all, it's even family-friendly, with a small area for the kids set off to one side.
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