SO­CIAL KITCHEN

14/20

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

Set one street back from the main road in down­town New Ply­mouth, So­cial Kitchen boasts a win­dow dis­play that’s hard to miss. Taxi­der­mied puffer­fish and a range of other crea­tures are strung from chains around a neon sign read­ing “Food & Booze”, and there’s a cra­vat-clad rab­bit atop a pile of chop­ping blocks, cleaver at the ready. This touch of hu­mour is a run­ning theme at So­cial Kitchen, where the vibe is re­laxed and un­pre­ten­tious. Ev­ery el­e­ment has been care­fully con­sid­ered, from fur­ni­ture and light­ing to the beau­ti­fully dis­played cured meats. The food is full of flavour and ex­pertly cooked, with meat a big fo­cus – think melt-in-the-mouth 12-hour spiced wild goat with Zany Zeus yo­ghurt and Med­jool dates – and the drinks list is top-notch, with plenty of wines by the glass, plus great beer and cock­tails.

40 Pow­der­ham St, New Ply­mouth, 06 757 2711, so­cial-kitchen.co.nz Lunch & din­ner 7 days; large shar­ing plates $29.90-$63.90

IN BRIEF Fun, flavour­some food and a quirky vibe

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