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Food & Wine June 7, 2017


It’s a sunny Saturday in May. I feel a visit to Matakana coming on.


Thoughts of the market, with its wafting smells of freshly ground coffee, fragrant foods, softly scented soaps and candles, and uplifting live music filter in. After this, a visit to my favourite Matakana restaurant is on the cards. Nothing beats Plume on a fine day, with its vistas across gently rolling countryside, and that wonderful feeling of space served up with heaps of comfort. For me and my man, no visit to Matakana is complete without one of those long, lazy lunches at this popular rural restaurant.


Why do I like Plume so much you may ask?


For so many reasons, some of which I have shared below.


I love the fact that they have a cellar door and that you can taste and talk about the wines produced right there with the people who make them. The most recent addition to their shopping list is a beautiful bubbly (méthode traditionelle) aptly named Joy: a totally different taste sensation, dry, light, and crafted from 100% cabernet franc grapes.



If you are an alcohol-free sort of person then the Runner Duck Grape Juice is so worth trying, 100% additive-free, made from syrah and malbec grapes, it is not overly sweet, and has a unique just-picked taste.


Staff members are interested and professional, and make one feel at home the moment one steps across the threshold. Service is friendly and engaged and everyone is always happy. Nothing is too much trouble!


The menus offer a generous choice, with items to suit almost any palate and persuasion, and include a kids’ menu, sharing suggestions, and some authentic Indian curry options.



I enjoyed the tortellini with pumpkin and cardamom, red onion jam, and goat cheese cream. It was delicious. I consumed every last morsel, leaving nothing on the plate. My partner’s prawn peri peri was fiery as, reminiscent of Africa and Europe. He loved it. For those who enjoy spicy foods with a punch, this should be your go-to dish.


For dessert, we shared a Baileys cheesecake, served with mixed nut crumble and fruit compote. Rich and creamy, it was a delightful finale to our post-market lunch in the sun.


Next time you are feeling tired of urban sprawl and in need of something rural to rest your eyes upon, I highly recommend a pleasant one-hour drive north to Plume. The experience will tickle your taste buds and soothe your soul.


Words: Agnes Harrison


Plume is a well-established rural restaurant


Lunch: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-3pm.

Wine Tastings: Wednesday-Friday 11am-2pm. Saturday-Sunday 11am-3pm.

Dinner: 6pm onwards on Friday and Saturday.


49A Sharp Rd, RD2 Warkworth 0982 | 09 422 7915 |


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