ELE­PHANT HILL

15.5/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Waikato -

HAWKE’S BAY

A long drive­way lined with date palm trees leads you through the beau­ti­ful Ele­phant Hill grounds to the stun­ning, mod­ernist restau­rant. Set on the Te Awanga coast, the decor is chic and sub­tle, with clean lines and white fur­nish­ings, and the odd splash of teal evok­ing the sea­side lo­ca­tion. With a view over vines lead­ing down to the ocean be­yond, it’s a pretty spe­cial spot to en­joy the won­der­ful food of chef Ash­ley Jones (above). A smoky swede puree com­ple­ments suc­cu­lent lamb belly, with grilled figs, pick­led pump­kin, pancetta and olive crumb round­ing out an ex­quis­ite dish, while roast­edto-per­fec­tion poussin sits on a bed of braised red cab­bage, with oys­ter mush­rooms and con­fit shal­lots com­plet­ing the scene. In­formed wait­staff help you choose the per­fect Ele­phant Hill drop to match. 86 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga, ph: 06-872 6060, ele­phanthill.co.nz April- Oct lunch 7 days, din­ner Thurs-sat; Nov-march lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $36-$40 IN BRIEF Stun­ning food in a set­ting to match

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