Good Food Guide - - Waikato -

The aptly named Em­ber was built on the ashes of Pumice restau­rant, which was sadly de­stroyed by a fire in 2013. A hand­some, light-filled and airy space with a New York loft-style fitout, Em­ber com­prises a slightly el­e­vated eat­ing area with leather bench seats, a large cen­tral bar and a cov­ered out­door seat­ing area with a fire­place. The im­pres­sive ro­bata grill, which is on full view in the open kitchen, turns out “food of the Amer­i­cas”, draw­ing in­flu­ences from ev­ery­where from Brazil to the Caribbean to the south­ern states of Amer­ica. Dishes are full of flavour and fresh­ness, with most plates de­signed to be shared, fam­ily style – the likes of Ja­maican bar­be­cue skew­ers with lemon pep­per zuc­chini rib­bons and yo­ghurt sauce. There is a well-cho­sen, widerang­ing wine list, as well as great beer, cider and cock­tails. Ser­vice is friendly and as­sured. 60 Church Rd, Hamil­ton, ph: 07-850 9339, em­ber.net.nz Lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $18-$27 IN BRIEF Flavours of the Amer­i­cas in a great space

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