Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

There are few places bet­ter suited to a long, lan­guid lunch than Bracu, a 40-minute drive south of Auck­land. Housed in a lovely kauri villa with a cov­ered ve­ran­dah, set amid the olive trees of Simunovich Olive Es­tate, Bracu has old-fash­ioned charm in spades. The food, un­der the deft hand of chef Mikey New­lands, is ex­cel­lent, mak­ing good use of the sea­sonal pro­duce grown in the grounds of the es­tate. You might start with veni­son carpac­cio with hazel­nut, mush­room and ar­ti­choke, and fol­low with roasted lo­cal duck with car­rot, cumin and co­conut, fin­ish­ing up with a Pe­dro Ximenez creme brulee with ap­ple and sor­rel. With an ex­cel­lent wine list and top-notch ser­vice headed up by New­lands’ part­ner Amanda Rogers, for­merly of Si­dart, Bracu is an ideal spot for an out-of-thecity spe­cial oc­ca­sion. 49 Main Rd, RD1, Bom­bay, ph: 09-236 1030, Lunch Wed-sun, din­ner Wed-sat; mains $39.90 IN BRIEF Skil­fully pre­pared, top-qual­ity food in an el­e­gant set­ting

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