Restaurant Visits



November 20, 2022
It’s earned two hats from the prestigious Cuisine magazine’s Good Food Awards; Best Regional Restaurant NZ, Cuisine Good Food Awards; and a five star rating on TripAdvisor. It must be good. Arbour restaurant is nestled in Marlborough wine country about a 20-minute drive ...
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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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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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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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August 13, 2013
Wellington claims to have more restaurants and cafés per head of population than New York, a claim that I find quite credible. Floriditas is an institution. It's the closest I've gotten to a Parisienne-style café for some time. The décor is tasteful and unpretentious, the...
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