For our last meal we went to a restaurant that like to push the boundaries and offers a Discovery menu. The six amuse were quite good and fun and not very filling while we both thought the celeriac and scampi dishes were lacking in big flavors. The scampi could’ve used salt or been cooking in ghee. The fish was great and was K’s favorite and while I liked it too the pork and duck really did it for me. Just don’t like how the protein was hidden under veggies on a few dishes.
Miso – olive, thyme
Pomme Souffle – vinegar
Carrot – farro, linseed
Pecorino – artichoke, sumac
Daikon – sesame, nam jim
Shiitake – white soy, kaffir lime
Celeriac – bone marrow, hazelnut, apple
Scampi – nasturtium, seaweed
John Dory – kohlrabi, macadamia, horseradish
Pork Belly – mushroom, leek, turnip
Duck – radicchio, date, foie gras
Parmesan – black garlic, Sauternes
Fennel – sorrel, cucumber, passionfruit
Pine – black sesame, raspberry, eldferflower
We had the chef’s table so got to see all the action
We finished the evening with insanely fancy ice cream at Giapo. The owner was there and gave us many samples as we awaited our creation to be done. We just ordered a half scoop of two flavors and didn’t expect the toppings. The hazelnuts were very fresh and the marshmallow very light, it was extruded from a nozzle.
Cool Italian Chef? Check
After the quick top up we went back to Dr Rudi’s where we had a late lunch when we arrived. Pictures from that are here, we really liked the food so came back to try a few more items. It was packed with the after work crowd but it slowly got a bit less crazy as it got closer to 7.
Crispy Snapper Wings
Beef Croquettes – mozzarella
Crispy Polenta Parmesan Sticks
Lost Souls – pepperoni, venison salami, jalapenos, mozzarella and sage
After a long day of hiking we were hungry and went to a few places to get food. First went to a Belgian bar two blocks away for some moules frites.
Green lipped mussels – lobster bisque brandy sauce
We stopped here for a big breakfast before hiking in Waitakere. My meal was an American sized portion and I couldn’t finish it, what was better is that it had meatballs and roasted tomatoes and mushrooms instead of a ton of carbs.
Spicy chai latte
Deco Breakfast – eggs, bacon, meatballs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast