The Hunting Lodge restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

by Metro / 21 June, 2018
Farm vegetable salad, salted Clevedon buffalo curd and pickled coriander-seed dressing.

The Hunting Lodge's farm vegetable salad, salted Clevedon buffalo curd and pickled coriander-seed dressing. Photo/Simon Young.

The Hunting Lodge restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant The Hunting Lodge is a contemporary bistro in Waimauku.

If the walls of the historic building that houses The Hunting Lodge could talk, they’d share secrets from the many eras of hospitality they’ve borne witness to. The Sutton family bought the 32-hectare property in 2016, opening a cellar door and a wedding venue, and last year they recruited former Clooney chef Des Harris to up their gastronomic game in the restaurant. And game it is: the seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired menu reflects Harris’s trademark skill in sauces, parfaits and charcuterie. Floor-to-ceiling sash windows invite the manicured cottage garden inside, the theme echoed in little pots of herbs atop each table, and on the plate. Harris takes advantage of the grounds’ many vegetable plots, preserving the best of the season in display jars.

What it offers Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meals / Good seating outside / Takes large groups / Craft beer selection / Good for kids (highchairs available)
A favourite dish Duck-liver parfait with duck ham and feijoa chutney
Awards Finalist, Peugeot People’s Choice Award for Best Destination Restaurant; Finalist, Best New Fit-out
Bookings Yes
Hours Brunch Sat-Sun, Lunch Thu-Sun, Dinner Wed-Sat

Price $$
Seats 60
Chefs Des Harris


thehuntinglodge.com
307 Waikoukou Valley Rd, Waimauku
Ph 965-5024

See here for all of Metro's Top 50 Auckland restaurants for 2018

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