VIC­TO­RIA STREET BISTRO

16/20

Good Food Guide - - Waikato -

BEST RE­GIONAL RESTAU­RANT

RUN­NER-UP

From the el­e­gant din­ing room to the well-con­sid­ered wine list right through to the imag­i­na­tive menu, Vic­to­ria Street Bistro is a real class act. Chef-owner An­drew Clarke (above) in­jects an el­e­ment of sur­prise into his cook­ing through un­ex­pected in­gre­di­ents and clever flavour com­bi­na­tions – ten­der grilled oc­to­pus is paired with scal­lop, smoked chorizo and mar­i­nated heir­loom toma­toes, with a black rice vine­gar re­duc­tion tak­ing things up a notch, while a rich, au­tum­nal dish of braised, pressed lamb is joined by a vel­vety pump­kin puree, en­hanced with in­ter­est­ing pops of flavour and tex­ture from black pep­per caramel, white an­chovy and olive pow­der. Ju­lia Clarke leads a team of at­ten­tive wait­staff, on hand to help with matches from the in­ter­est­ing wine list. 153 Vic­to­ria St, Hamil­ton, ph: 07-839 4444, vic­to­ri­as­treet­bistro.co.nz Lunch & din­ner Tues-sun; mains $34-$39 IN BRIEF Ex­cit­ing cook­ing in a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting

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