Monday, April 18, 2011


Where: Mudbrick, Church Road, Waiheke Island, NZ
When: A beautiful sunny Sunday around 2pm
What: A restaurant, vineyard and wedding venue
Who: Myself and two friends. They were freshly back from their honeymoon
Food: Delicious and perfectly suited to its open air and summery environment. Si had seared king scallops with cauliflower pannacotta followed by the fish of the day which was hapuka and prawns. Jo had Waiheke snapper and mussels and I had avocado mousse with dried tomatoes. We were also treated to a delicious palate cleansing lemon granita

Drinks: They had wine and I had NZ’s treasured 42 Below Vodka with ginger beer
Price: NZD$230
Service: For such an amazing setting and gorgeous food...unfortunately the service was disjointed. The maitre d’ was great however, and given we didn’t have a reservation we can excuse them of the bad service this time
Clientele: A mixture of clientele. Tourists, people straight off the beach and destination diners like us
Ambiance: The restaurant opens out to views across the Hauraki Gulf looking back towards Auckland city. We visited on such a beautiful day so we were able to appreciate the restaurant at it’s absolute best
Saw: Someone getting married, lots of gorgeous gardens and a very friendly taxi driver called Ian who took us from the ferry to the restaurant
Bathrooms: Five out of five
Would I go again? Yes I would love to go again.
Also of note: Afterwards we walked to Cable Bay and walked around the headland and back to the ferry terminal taking in the wonderful Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition. An excellent way to finish a wonderful day