Matakana Market Kitchen (MMK) was another stop on our recent weekend getaway. We initially wanted to eat at Taipano but they either closed down or changed ownership and became MMK. This restaurant is situated amongst the Farmer’s Market area and is located downstairs from the boutique Matakana cinema. It has a bar/bistro vibe and have a large seating area inside as well as in their courtyard.
The place was pretty packed when we went at around 5:30 on a Saturday and we were given a little table outside while the sun was still up. MMK has plenty of variety in their menu but as we weren’t very hungry, we decided to skip the entree and start with the flower pot bread. As you can tell by the photo below, the presentation of this dish is simply charming. It is served with a trio of dip – hummus, tomato salsa and olive oil – and was a decent start to the meal.
For the mains, my partner ordered the panko coated snapper served with chip and salad whereas I ordered the seafood paella. Both mains were served quickly and were pretty yummy. However, I did expect my mussels to be ‘beard’ free as it is such a pain having to remove the grassy material. Also some of you might think that the pretty flower on the paella is a nice touch, but seeing the kitchen hand coming out to the courtyard to pull that said flower from their shrub is a little put off.
Overall, MMK is a decent place to eat and drink in Matakana, the pricing isn’t too bad and the atmosphere is great for relaxing in the sun with a glass of wine or a cold beer. Just try not to notice what the staff take from their shrubs!
Date: Saturday 4th December 2010 | Location: 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana | Food: Bar/Bistro