Restau­rant wins award

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Hav­ing the guts to serve poussin hearts and wild boar have earned Bal­moral restau­rant Cazador an­other award.

At the Cui­sine Good Food Awards on June 8, chef-owner Dar­iush Lo­laiy and co-owner Re­becca Smidt were recog­nised for their clear sense of pur­pose in spe­cial­is­ing in game.

Their restau­rant won the Amer­i­can Ex­press Best Spe­cial­ist Restau­rant cat­e­gory. The judges ac­knowl­edged the Do­min­ion Rd restau­rant’s friendly ser­vice, well-priced wine list and ex­pertly cooked meat.

They de­scribed the ‘‘beau­ti­fully ten­der poussin hearts’’ as a high­light.

‘‘The light, meaty flavour com­ple­mented by salty, ba­con lar­dons, the pep­pery earth­i­ness of fresh pars­ley, sweet shal­lots and just a touch of sharp­ness from vine­gar. A per­fectly bal­anced dish.’’

Lo­laiy’s par­ents opened Cazador in the 1980s and the judges com­mented that the next gen­er­a­tion have re­tained the restau­rant’s soul and in­tegrity, while also mak­ing it feel rel­e­vant and ap­peal­ing.

The restau­rant fea­tured in Cui­sine’s 2014 awards, with a score of 15/20. This year it re­ceived 16/20. Cui­sine is pub­lished by Fair­fax Me­dia, which also pub­lishes the Cen­tral Leader.

Photo: JA­SON CREAGHAN / FAIR­FAX NZ

Dar­iush Lo­laiy and Re­becca Smidt of Cazador.

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