Located on the outskirts of the inner city is one of Auckland’s finest hotels, behind whose doors is an adventurous dining experience that raises the bar to a new level.
Palm Court is every bit as streamlined as its namesake. The refined calm is a world away from the busy hustle and bustle of city life. The restful atmosphere and the indulgent menu and wine list make this a favourite for those who appreciate the silver style of service.
From season to season, the menu is everything you would expect from a five-star hotel. Extra panache and a modern feel with dishes that are hard to resist. Entrees ($17.50) with such freshness and balance that will pique your interest as Mexican wagyu meat balls, duck confit croquettes, baked buffalo mozzarella, lamb ribs, sushi and sashimi and dim sim. But save your applause for the mains which includes: crispy pork belly ($32), beef scotch ($37.50), duck tagliolini ($29), Volker’s super schnitzel ($36), market fish of the day ($33), risotto ($27), fish and chips ($29.50) and pizza ($25). A selection of sides ($9) completes the menu.
Desserts pack a punch with sweet pleasures such as crème brulee ($16.50), warm pear cake ($16.50, pots de crème ($15.50), chocolate cake with berry compote ($16.50), an ice cream selection ($15.50) and cheese board ($22.50).
The fare is imaginative and solidly produced with great attention to detail. Volker Marecek’s menu glows like a light box. It’s a document of his travels, captured in highly worked plates that unite intense flavours with rare finesse. For entrees, we opted for sushi and sashimi, a dazzling and generous serve of some of the finest in the city. The freshly crumbed giant schnitzel, hand-cut fries and salad, and the crispy pork belly, fondant potato, apple gel and baby carrots were exceptional and served with a sense of occasion.
And Palm Court is serious about its wine too, studded with label curiosities showcasing a carefully constructed choice of by-the-bottle and by-the-glass temptations.
Wine List 8
Value for Money 9
Words: Dennis and Rosamund Knill
Palm Court: Langham Hotel
83 Symonds St, Auckland
09 379 5132