Restaurant Visits


The Red Barn Experience

September 4, 2019
Nestled amongst rolling green Waikato hills, the Red Barn was an early 1900’s livery stable which provided fresh horses for stagecoaches undertaking journeys across the region. Having undergone many changes it is now one of the most unique hospitality venues in the Wa...
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November 7, 2018
I recently relaxed for a few days in Fiji and noticed a change in the culinary climate. I’ve always enjoyed the tropical fruit, kokodu (marinated fish) and the local curries, which are often a little milder than the true Indian versions. However, a raft of new chefs have i...
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New Orleans comes to SOUL

August 6, 2018
It’s American Express restaurant month in Auckland and SOUL at the Viaduct brings some bohemian extravagance....
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When Harry met Fiona

March 11, 2018
Harry Williams is the head chef at Cambridge’s Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar. He lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with his wife and eight-year-old son. How long have you been at Alpha Street? Two years. New owner Fiona Massey was on the hunt for a chef. A friend of h...
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Zealong Tea House

November 29, 2017
495 Gordonton RoadHamilton(07) 853 Nestling in the lush Waikato countryside, five minutes north of Hamilton, the Zealong Tea House was purpose-built in 2011 and overlooks New Zealand’s only tea plantation. Taiwanese immigrants Tzu Chen and his son Vince...
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“This is a very exciting time for Ember restaurant,” says new owner Mark Davis. “Not only do we have a renowned new chef but we are launching an enticing new menu — plus we’re now opening for breakfast as well as lunch.” The launch date for the new-look Embe...
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September 5, 2017
20 Alma Street, Hamilton07 834 McLean, head chef and owner of Palate restaurant, has a well deserved reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading chefs.With Mat at the helm, Palate has been a finalist in the Cuisine Awards every ye...
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February 1, 2017
Rata Rata Queenstown43 Ballarat Street, Queenstown+64 3 442 Rata was launched in 2012 in Queenstown, New Zealand by NZ Masterchef judge Josh Emett (he's the friendly one) and esteemed local chef Fleur Caulton. It's tucked away at the top end of the Q...
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The Sugar Club

December 1, 2016
Level 53, Sky TowerCorner Federal and Victoria Streets, Auckland+64 9 363 New Zealand's celebrity chef Peter Gordon showcased his talents at the first Sugar Club restaurant in Wellington during the 1980s. It became an iconic establishmen...
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March 28, 2016
Marlborough offers an extensive menu when it comes to lunching at vineyard restaurants. This is no surprise as it is New Zealand’s largest wine producing region. Lunches range from casual platters to share to a la carte sophistication, showcasing local products at their be...
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