With his sophisticated cuisine that melds complex techniques with sheer beauty, Michael Meredith has cemented his place in the top echelon of New Zealand chefs. His work in the Merediths kitchen and, more broadly, in the community, mark him as an extraordinary talent with great generosity and soul. These personal qualities come through in his degustation menus, with every dish bringing a new level of expectation. Something described simply as crab, macadamia nuts and coconut appears as a trio of delicate seafood in a rich and nutty sauce that displays at least three separate cooking methods. A duck, pumpkin and nasturtium dish is raised to stratospheric heights with the addition of grapefruit. The service at Merediths matches the food and an expertly curated wine list completes the picture. This is truly international dining formed from New Zealand’s finest ingredients, by one of New Zealand’s best.
365 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden, 09 623 3140, merediths.co.nz Lunch Fri, dinner Tues-sat; degustation menus $90-$150 Ingenious, artful creations both innovative and satisfying IN BRIEF
Scampi, coconut, macadamia & kaffir lime