THE BRANTRY

14.5/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Bay Of Plenty Taupo -

Named af­ter an area of Ire­land rem­i­nis­cent of Taupo, and housed in a re­fur­bished 1950s town­house, The Brantry has an in­ti­mate and qui­etly so­phis­ti­cated vibe. Sis­ters Prue and Fe­lic­ity Camp­bell have owned the restaurant since 2002, the for­mer head­ing up the kitchen and the lat­ter run­ning front of house. Prue’s menu is pro­duce-driven, con­tem­po­rary New Zealand cui­sine – think per­fectly poached prawns from the lo­cal Huka Prawn Park served with wa­ter­melon curry, shaved cucumber, tahini yo­ghurt and crispy shal­lots, or con­fit duck leg with white bean puree, raw broc­coli salad, cran­ber­ries and zuc­chini. Wellex­e­cuted desserts such as spiced ap­ple cheese­cake with sesame seed snap, caramel sauce and ap­ple crum­ble ice cream round things out nicely. Ser­vice is warm and the well-priced drinks list has all bases cov­ered.

45 Rif le Range Rd, Taupo, 07 378 0484, the­brantry.co.nz Din­ner Tues-sat; mains $30-$35

IN BRIEF Fine New Zealand food in a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting

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