There was a time when I went to the theatre to be entertained. While I remain passionate about theatre, I equally enjoy the entertainment value of a genuine fine dining experience. There is nothing quite like the drama that high-end cuisine can provide. Immersing oneself in an outstanding food and wine experience with friends or family, makes an evening out truly unforgettable.
On the Corner of O’Connell and Chancery Streets, serving some of the best food you’ll find locally, is a relaxed and friendly urban oasis called MEAT FISH WINE. Listed as one of Verve Auckland’s Top 50 restaurants, this clean, contemporary eating-house presents, as the name would suggest, creative offerings of meat, fish and an extensive assortment of wine. Crowded streets, road cones and construction, can make this gem of a restaurant hard to find, but, don’t give up because it is there, open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday.
The inviting bar area welcomes you, and an open plan kitchen with adjoining chef’s table is perfect for small yet special occasions. Cosy nooks and crannies give privacy when needed. The restaurant area basks beneath an impressive chandelier – cleverly constructed from more than 2,000 wine glasses that have been arranged in the shape of a hei matau (Maori fish hook). Genius touches are many – as evidenced in the David Bromley painting that adorns the wall, the amazing hand basin in the unisex bathroom area, and hand-made crockery.
The menus are farm-to-table inspired and can be enjoyed in the restaurant or bar area. There are three to choose from: good old-fashioned à la carte; an express lunch or pre-theatre menu; if there are 12 or more in your party then try the set menu, offering a choice of three mouth wateringly delicious courses. Enjoy your meal with a glass (or more) of wine from the 500 deep wine list, one of the most comprehensive in New Zealand.
Food and Wine
The prawn tortellini, crayfish bisque, with fennel, crustacean oil and lemon was to die for. A chilled Napper Valley riesling, completed the taste experience.
You have got to try their venison carpaccio; plated like an artwork, it tasted amazing. Wine to try with this dish is a Californian chardonnay. The smokey oaky earthiness of the chardonnay really compliments the fresh wildness of the venison.
Their Classic Kiwi crunchy bar chocolate marquise dessert, is served with a hazel nut foam and vanilla bean ice cream, and is out of this world. Chocolate lovers – you can’t go past this one. A dessert wine, like the late harvest chenin blanc from the Loire region we had, gives this sweet treat a depth that will leave you longing for more.
The service is amazing. By the time you leave MEAT FISH WINE, not only have you just been on the most incredible food and wine journey, but you feel as if you have made new friends too. The attention to small detail and a genuine interest in us as diners, made us feel good. Both the waiters’ and the sommelier’s knowledge with regards to the food and wine on offer is in-depth and entertaining. The timing, always spot on.
Corner of O’Connell St + Chancery St, Auckland
Call 09 374 0990 for reservations