On the day that Auckland CBD experienced lighting storms and flash floods, my friends and I were lucky enough to spend the day on Waiheke Island where the weather was much more pleasant! Auckland’s favourite island – speckled with award-winning boutique vineyards and idyllic beaches – is a prime location where you can find some amazing cafes and restaurants.
We decided to spend our day at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant which has a handsome building situated on a hill that offers a spectacular view of the Hauraki Gulf. As the weather in Auckland affected the power supply in Waiheke, we were faced to do the premium wine tasting by candlelight. For $15 per person, we tasted a total of five premium wine (two white and three red) and the lovely gentlemen who served us discussed extensively about the wine and the particular notes that we should appreciate. He was informative and friendly, making the tasting enjoyable for the four of us.
We had hoped that after the tasting, the power would come back on, allowing us to enjoy our lunch. But, that didn’t happen, so instead we ordered items on the menu that do not require cooking and opted for a cheese platter and oysters to share. We chose four different variety of cheeses (out of six) and these was accompanied with home-made chutney, honey, crackers, lavosh and poached figs. Their cheese are sourced form local producers on Waiheke and greater Auckland, as well as from their French cheesemonger.
Our half dozen of Te Matuku Bay oysters is artistically presented with ginger beer jelly, cucumber, baby coriander and is dressed with a Thai nam jim sauce with pieces of crunchy meringue. The sauce is similar to a vinaigrette which is tangy and sour but with a slight spicy kick. Very appetizing and the oysters were fresh and juicy.
Waiheke Island is a must visit location when traveling to Auckland. I consider it a foodie’s paradise where you can mix beautiful surroundings with great award-winning wine and tasty food. Also, because of the vast options available, you can easily spend the whole weekend at Waiheke, wining and dining to your heart’s content. I must make my way back to Waiheke in the near future!
Date: Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 | Location: 126 Church Bay Road, Waiheke Island | Food: Fine Dining / Winery