Five best restau­rant roasts

Win­try Sun­days are made bet­ter with a roast meal:

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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’’.

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