Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Casita Miro

by Metro / 30 June, 2017

Photo/ Ken Downie

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Casita Miro

Destination Restaurant—Informal Spanish-style winery restaurant

Casita Miro is a one-of-a-kind experience, serving Spanish fare in tandem with wines produced from the very vines the restaurant overlooks, and also offering a great list of imported sherries. Chef Cristian Hossack’s food is rich and satisfying, with dishes taking inspiration not just from Spain but also Spanish-speaking and Moorish cultures. His menu includes the wonderfully Central American-esque crispy-skinned pork belly, which comes with sweetcorn salsa, tomatillo jam and coconut yoghurt. On the floor, Cat Vosper is the star of the show but even when she’s absent, the place retains a buoyant atmosphere thanks to the assured staff. Let them talk you into a sherry flight; with a bowl of kalamata olives braised in honey, red wine and orange zest, this is a complete experience in itself.

A favourite dish
Lamb and fig tagine on a bed of Israeli couscous with pistachio, apricot and preserved lemon yoghurt.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meals / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good seating outside / Takes large groups / Good for kids

Hours—Winter: L 7 days, D Fri-Sat; summer: L 7 days, D Thurs-Sun
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$
Seats—70-100, depending on weather
Chef—Cristian Hossack

 

WAIHEKE
3 Brown Rd
Onetangi
Ph 372-7854
casitamiro.co.nz

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