Five best restaurant roasts
Wintry Sundays are made better with a roast meal:
buddy up with green smoothies and super food salads. Hipsters get hungry too and there’s nothing quite like a rotisserie-cooked freerange chook from Rangitikei, basted with truffle butter, alongside a Middle Eastern (or Japanese or Mexican) salad.
The Matakana Village Pub – Matakana
Matakana’s a fair hike north for most Aucklanders, but for the historic pub’s roast pork hock distance is irrelevant. Sauerkraut slaw, caramel apples and grain mustard sauce accompany it.
Empress Garden Restaurant – Herne Bay
Empress Garden serves duck in a ritualistic three courses: first its crispy skin wrapped in thin steamed pancakes with hoisin sauce, then the juicy flesh with vegetables and finally a bone-based broth. They advise you to treat their restaurant ‘‘as if you’re dining at a beloved relative’s home’’.
Galbraith’s Alehouse – Mt Eden
You can’t make a list of top Auckland roasts without mentioning Galbraith’s. Especially throughout the winter months when the fireplace is crackling, the music is low, and, if you are owner Keith Galbraith, the aroma of mashed grain from the on-site brewery transports you ‘‘straight back to 1960s Hamilton’’.