PACI­FICA

Stuff.co.nz Best Re­gional Restau­rant

Good Food Guide - - Winners - SPON­SORED BY STUFF. CO. NZ

BEST RE­GIONAL RESTAU­RANT

Housed in a blue bun­ga­low on Napier’s wa­ter­front, Paci­fica is a true orig­i­nal. The set­ting is hum­ble and un­pre­ten­tious, the sim­ple fit-out ac­cen­tu­ated with Māori and Pa­cific decor. It’s a ca­sual, com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment, so low-key that the bril­liance of the food can take you by sur­prise. Chef-owner Jeremy Rameka of­fers two five-course de­gus­ta­tion menus each evening, one de­voted to kaimoana, the other a broader of­fer­ing. The food is highly cre­ative, show­ing great tech­ni­cal skill and an ut­most re­spect for in­gre­di­ents. A dish of per­fectly ten­der truf­fled lamb sweet­breads with chicken liver pâté, sous-vide egg yolks, edamame beans and roasted onions is a tri­umph, while the ex­plo­sion of flavours of brus­sels sprout tortellini with mush­room ragout and black truf­fle oil show Rameka’s skill isn’t lim­ited to meat and seafood. Ser­vice, led by Rameka’s part­ner Natalie Bul­man, is as­sured, and the drinks list has plenty to in­trigue. 209 Ma­rine Pa­rade, Napier, ph: 06-833 6335, paci­fi­carestau­rant.co.nz Din­ner Tues-sat; de­gus­ta­tion menus $50

In­no­va­tive din­ing that show­cases Aotearoa’s best

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Paua, green-lip mus­sel, sea snail wrapped in chicken mousse & mut­ton­bird crum­ble

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