Five best white­bait dishes

If you’re a white­bait fan, try out one of the fol­low­ing:

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this award-win­ning Par­nell in­sti­tu­tion has been around for 22 years come Septem­ber and tricks out its white­bait with lash­ings of gin­ger soy but­ter. You can have it one of two ways - ei­ther as an omelette, or loose white­bait in­di­vid­u­ally pan-fried. Cost: $32


This Ital­ian-style res­tau­rant run by sis­ters Re­nee and Da­maris has al­ways stood out as be­ing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent, and the way they serve their white­bait - as a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive white­bait and bot­targa lin­guine - is no ex­cep­tion. Cost: $33


Main­land Auck­lan­ders face a trip on the ferry to sam­ple The Oys­ter Inn’s white­bait, but no doubt the sea jour­ney will only serve to sharpen the taste­buds. It’s been on their menu when in sea­son for the past three years, but they are now use sus­tain­ably farmed white­bait from new com­pany Manaki. Cost: $26


Sails Res­tau­rant has been a main­stay of the Auck­land din­ing scene for decades now, and they pre­fer to stick to the tried and true frit­ter when it comes to serv­ing up their white­bait as it’s a very del­i­cate flavour. Cost: $27

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