Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Hawke’s Bay -

You have to like sur­prises to dine at Ten Twenty Four – there’s no writ­ten menu for the evening de­gus­ta­tions, just a suc­ces­sion of chef-owner Kent Bad­de­ley’s cre­ative dishes ap­pear­ing be­fore you. Bad­de­ley’s orig­i­nal cook­ing – he de­scribes it as “spon­ta­neous macrosea­sonal East Coast food” – uses fresh, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents sourced ex­clu­sively from the North Island’s East Coast. You might have Ori­gin Earth haloumi with black gar­lic and white an­chovies, or psyl­lium flow­ers with spiced cele­riac and veni­son rack. Taco Tues­days are great value, with three Mex­i­canin­spired cour­ses for $25. The spa­cious, coun­try-style din­ing room fea­tures quirky touches such as coloured rice paper lanterns strung from the ceil­ing, and the hy­per-lo­cal wine list of­fers plenty to in­trigue. 1024 Pakowhai Rd, Hast­ings, ph: 06-870 6440, ten­twen­ty­four.org Lunch Tues-sun, taco din­ners, Tues, din­ner Wed, Fri & Sat; De­gus­ta­tion menus from $75 IN BRIEF Cre­ative cook­ing full of sur­prises

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