Auckland: One Tree Grill

From the generous hospitatlity of One Tree Grill and Zomato, six Auckland foodie bloggers including myself enjoyed a phenomenal five course degustation with wine pairing at One Tree Grill. Having been in the industry for nearly 20 years, One Tree Grill has evolved and upgraded from a small local bistro to a modern fine dining restaurant in Epsom. With an impressive underground cellar which you can admire from the bar to the chic indoor/outdoor seating and cosy fireplace, this eatery oozes charm.

To encourage our appetite, our meal started with a complimentary amuse bouche in the form of a refreshing ceviche in a serving spoon. The light tang of the ceviche with the wasabi roe was a delicate start to our meal.

Our first course from the degustation was the smoked duck and sweetcorn soup. With a velvety texture, this soup was the ideal way to warm us up during the chilly night. Having a strong smoky aroma, the slices of smoked duck complimented the sweetness of the corn. Garnished with a pinch of black seasame, we finished the soup with ease and we were all tempted to lick our bowls.

The tea-dusted seared tuna with cucumber, pickled plum and miso was our second course. The tuna was lightly seared around the edges leaving the inside raw, just the way I like tuna! A gorgeous fatty cut of fish with a mild sweetness which worked very well with the other elements on the plate. The cucumber was more towards the salty side, but this was nicely neutralised by the sweet riesling from the wine pairing.

Our third course is the venison carpaccio with pecorino cheese, capers and drizzled with a light truffle oil. Despite being able to smell the distinctive aromas of truffle, the flavour is faint which was rather disappointing because I love the taste of truffles.

Our fourth dish came in the form of a main and we had a few choices to chose from. I opted for the black angus eye fillet, cooked to rare. It sat of a smooth bed of herbed mash and served with grilled sweet corn and black garlic. Other main options include the vegetarian polenta and mushroom, berbers spiced lamb rack and the market fish.

The last dish for the night was also my favourite dish. A strawberry bavarois with strawberry balsamic sorbet, fresh strawberries and meringue. My favourite part of this dessert is the incorporation of pepper in the sorbet. The flavour of the pepper was not overpowering and left a nice tingling feeling on the tongue. The mint gel didn’t play an important role in the dish but was a nice garnish.

I had such a great time at the meet up. All my other dining companions were friendly and talkative and it was a lovely get together. If you want to check their reviews or dining acitivty, be sure to follow Heartshrooms, Ultimateomnoms, Mango and Beans, Amy Webb and Bunny Eats Design on Zomato. And if you’re interested, you can find my profile here.

One Tree Grill | 9-11 Pah Road, Epsom

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