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“Taste bud sensation”
Review of Motu Kitchen - CLOSED

Motu Kitchen
Price range: $25 - $70
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Lovely setting, very inviting and cozy, and the food was absolutely suberb at an excellent quality to price ratio. Highly recommended.

2  Thank Lafrenchie
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Visited recently with friends who are involved in the restaurant business in the UK. To say we were all blown away was an understatement.
We were a group of 5 seasoned travellers who have dined all around the world, and we all agreed that dinner at Motu was an absolutely fantastic experience.
Service was excellent and we simply couldn't find fault with our meals.
We will be back.

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2  Thank VFXFred
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Motu Kitchen is the place to go if you want somewhere with amazing food and outstanding service. The staff coped absolutely admirably with our party of 10 females for a 50th birthday celebration. They decorated the table as well as presenting a stunningly beautifully decorated dessert for the birthday girl. All of us will have no hesitation in recommending this place to our family and friends and I don't think it will be long before one of us gets the opportunity to go back.

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2  Thank Llewz
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Dined here with a last minute reservation on a Friday night and were treated perfectly by everyone. Food was fantastic and service 2nd to none

1  Thank cathrynmalta
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We were stopped abruptly with the 4pm to 6pm 'Lucky Hour' and after reading the menu, we were absolutely lured ... thank god we went in! Everything on the menu we wanted - it was our ideal food experience, alas we couldn't eat them all but we did our best.
So the sharing dishes;
- Squid with gremolata, just tender and perfect taste of squid, the sour dough soaked in all juices, it was to die for
- Oysters, we had 1/2 dozen Coromandel and Bluff Oysters, natural naturally
- Prawns, omg this took me back to Thailand where we had our honeymoon, the 'Nam Jim' dipping sauce was so simple yet intense and had all the flavours of Asian cuisine.
- Mussels in a pot, we literally drank the broth from the pot! It was rich with taste but yet light enough to slurp... we thought of asking for more bread, to soak up all the sauce because it felt like a crime not to... but we spared the space in our expanding stomachs for other dishes, I'm glad we did because otherwise we would've missed out!!
Because we had such a variety of sharing plates we had only 1 entree, 1 main & 2 desserts;
- Scallops with Pancetta, black truffle, Broadbeans and cauliflower puree/mash - the mash was a show stopper. We had to think about what were we eating because it looked like mashed potatoes ... I can't find the words to describe the taste, it was just mind-blowing, can't believe it's cauliflower!
- Crispy skin Grouper, fresh and cooked to perfection with the amazing saffron paste - colour looked so amazing, almost like capsicum but it was the perfect marriage with the prized line-caught (!!!) sea fish. We loved the risotto along with the fish, it had great flavour in the stock without overpowering the fish as most creamy/cheesy risotto tend to do.
- Wild Fig with Mascarpone, Rose Flowers Petal & Turkish Delight, it looked like a painting and tasted like bliss. An amazing homage to rose petals, it was an absolute beauty, this is going to sound trippy but we almost felt like running in a garden of spring flowers after... it was beautiful. I did not feel less of a man having pink fairy floss on my plate, it was worth it!!
- Avocado Mousse, Green Tea Meringue, Bruleed Pineapple & Meyer Lemon Ice Cream, just amazing combination seriously... None of the elements were too strong, wonderfully executed. The textures were so great, the crunch of the meringue, the pineapple! The best most delightful littlest most luxurious bit of pineapple I've ever had - worth the bite!
This was truly a treat, with immense control over our palate. We said step aside Nobu, not to say they are not good (they are top of our list) its just Ian & Em have truly set a new standard for us in our foodie experience and delivered a truly Modern New Zealand cuisine. Your cuisine is truly 'Motu', your own 'Island'... Simple yet complex, honest food.
Well done guys! We hope our review don't set your expectations high but give it try, it was all our kind of food and more. It was the perfect ending to our amazing holiday of the North Island. We wish you all the very best in all your cooking adventures, can't wait to see you establishment evolve, can't wait to return to try your new experiments... We only hope you don't mind if when we return for another meal in the near future, we just have a little siesta happily on your bean bags in the front yard after (we were pretty close to doing that tonight!) ;)

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3  Thank SaltedKaramel
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