FOOD:

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT -

If you want love on a plate, Paulina’s is the place to dine. We or­dered three dishes to share for lunch and were guided by the waitress about some menu high­lights. She con­vinced us Paulina’s spe­cial of the day - a Peru­vian ’’stir fry with a twist’’ dish - Lomo Sal­tado, $33, was a must have. She told us it was a dish that Paulina had grown up eat­ing and used to make back home in Chile. The smells off that plate sent my head swim­ming. The sauteed beef was ten­der, juicy and tossed with a med­ley of red onion, cap­sicum, to­mato and hand-cut pota­toes which gave the dish tex­ture and colour. The dark, full-bod­ied sauce ap­par­ently is a ‘‘se­cret’’ recipe - all I can say is I ba­si­cally drank the bowl clean. The aro­mat­ics of the dish were height­ened by a gen­er­ous sprin­kling of co­rian­der.

We chose two lighter seafood lunch-time op­tions to off­set a gen­er­ous and fill­ing beef dish.

The tem­pura prawn dish, like the Lomo Sal­tado, was a gen­er­ous serv­ing. The tem­pura bat­ter was light and crispy and was served sit­ting in bed of fresh salad greens, av­o­cado, edamame beans and driz­zled with a lime aioli ($20). We also in­dulged and or­dered a plat­ter of half a dozen nat­u­ral Bluff oys­ters. The oys­ters were fat and suc­cu­lent and driz­zled with co­rian­der, le­mon and shal­lot vinai­grette. A glass of 2015 Car­rick sav­i­gnon blanc ($10) ac­com­pa­nied the dish per­fectly.

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