THE SHED AT TE MOTU
This is the place to go for real seasonally led food – you won’t find any ingredient that isn’t growing outside in the garden or in season from the land or the sea. Chef Bronwen Laight is masterful in the style of fresh, inspired but rustic cuisine that is exactly what you’d hope for in a winery restaurant, and a sense of place, terroir, is clear throughout a dining experience here. In late autumn you might have kahawai with romesco, anushka potatoes, fennel, capers, hazelnuts and mint, or crispy pig’s head with ruby sauerkraut, apple, mustard and microgreens, and finish with ginger-lime sago, pear-riesling sorbet, feijoa, coconut and persimmon. Te Motu’s excellent Bordeaux-style wines are a perfect match to Laight’s food, and it’s a pleasure to be able to taste several wines when trying to make a choice.
76 Onetangi Rd, Onetangi, 09 372 6884, temotu.co.nz Lunch Thurs-mon, dinner Fri; large plates $29-$39
Interesting, seasonal IN BRIEF food and delightful wines