Out to Pas­ture in New Zealand

Vacations & Travel - - Global dining -

Hid­den down an al­ley­way in Auck­land’s in­ner-city sub­urb of Par­nell, Pas­ture is a small, 20-seat res­tau­rant of­fer­ing a set menu of pad­dock-to-plate style dishes, served by the chefs who pre­pare them. Since open­ing a year ago, the award­win­ning res­tau­rant is now one of the country’s most pop­u­lar and in­no­va­tive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the country’s lush land­scapes and agri­cul­ture, the sea­son­ally led six-course menu, which takes three hours to en­joy, is dis­tinctly New Zealand and changes fre­quently. Food is cooked over the fire and traditional, ar­ti­sanal tech­niques like fer­ment­ing, pick­ling, pre­serv­ing and hand-milling are ap­plied to pro­duce rus­tic sour­dough loaves, aged but­ter and hand­made juices. The menu can be paired with a se­lec­tion of lo­cally pro­duced wines, most of which are proudly or­ganic or bio­dy­namic, or try the ‘Pas­ture Match’, fea­tur­ing a range of house juices, in­fu­sions, nat­u­ral fer­ments and ex­trac­tions, for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. pas­tureakl.com

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