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“Absolutely world class”
Review of Merediths

Merediths
Ranked #166 of 2,355 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International, New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Michael Meredith's eponymous restaurant is discreetly located in an unlikely location on Dominion Road. It is not the most salubrious of addresses but what is produced behind the fairly anonymous restaurant frontage would rival any establishment in the world which claims a place at the forefront of modern cuisine.

The degustation menu with wine options was a revelation. The food was very cleverly constructed and presented and it was designed to deliver a new flavour surprise with each course. The food will not, however, be for everyone and those who prefer their meals to be more about appetite than taste should probably stay away. Even for its fans, this style of cuisine can become a little overwhelming for the sheer effort that goes into each minutely crafted course.

Indeed at times as our meal progressed I was left feeling that some of what had been done took creativity a step too far. For instance a superb lamb rump dish was served with a small medallion of veal bone marrow but the mix of lamb and beef flavours (not to mention the rather gelatinous texture of the marrow) simply didn't work for me. By contrast the signature beetroot/duck sandwich was stunning and the main fish dish contained a fantastic combination of flavours from fragrant pumpkin puree to fresh coriander, which was truly memorable.

The wine matches were equally enjoyable and perfectly in keeping with the meal. The wines themselves were special and often extraordinary, from little known producers at the top of their game. Of special note was a Bordeaux style red from Puriri Hills vineyard in Clevedon which I had never seen or heard of before - i"l be getting out there soon!

Don't come to Meredith's expecting to escape either quickly or inexpensively. The food is an experience and the wait staff play a large part in that by leading diners through the experience over several hours. We did not leave our 8pm table until 11.40 pm. During that time the service was attentive and informative, with a degree of reserve and formality about it, but without being pretentious. The one slightly negative note is that diners must develop a routine of halting the table conversation to permit each course to be introduced with due ceremony and deference. I was left feeling a little that we were part of a ceremony paying homage to the food and that will not be to everyone's taste.

Neither will the price at over $230 a head excluding tip, though I note that there are lesser menu options at lower prices and the wine matches add significantly to the bill but need not be chosen. That price is what can be demanded by and willingly paid to a restaurant whose chef/owner is deservedly considered to be at the top of his profession.

Auckland is lucky to have chef Meredith because his restaurant would hold its own against, and very probably surpass, some of the iconic restaurants of London or New York. If you can, try it. If you can't, plan to at least once.

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We have just "experienced" Meredith's 9-course degustation - it was a private luncheon with just sixteen people. Every dish was incredible - combinations of flavours, textures, and visual creations. It is a meal we will not forget for a long time and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to partake in. There was nothing we could fault - the service was top-class, the atmosphere of the restaurant, the opportunity to meet Michael Meredith himself, the wines - everything was perfect.

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Thank franrich08
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

The degustation only menus on the weekend mean planning ahead for time, you know it will not be a cheap eat, and I have to say well worth the money. 9 courses of tastes and flavours in new ways. The beetroot and duck "sandwich" my favourite taste sensation. Service was fantatsic and seamless - 4 hours to eat the meal did not seem too long at the time. One of our party also had the matching wines and said they were prefectly matched and the waitress' explanation of the tastes and flavours in each wine were spot on. If you want a Saturday night, book well ahead.

A special occaision restaurant I'll be goingback to.

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Thank Lotuseaters42
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

OMG the cuisine is to die for! The degustation is amazing and each course surprised and thrilled!! Perfect for a special occassion but a must try for everyone!

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Thank vanessa g
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I had the chance to go to Merediths for my birthday and I did the 8 courses degustation menu.
It was amazing - the food is so creative, surprising textures and associations of ingredients. We did the wine matching and that was amazing as well!
The service is perfect - not too uptight, sophisticated but relaxed. It was a beautiful experience and I would recommend to anyone!

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Thank Bizut
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