This year we bring you New Zealand’s top 100 restaurants. That’s more than we have ever featured, and an indication that around the country, chefs and restaurant teams are claiming a place for New Zealand as a premium food and drink destination. At the heart of this is our need to define the New Zealand food story and what makes us unique. Jeremy Rameka, the chef at our Restaurant of the Year, Pacifica, is capturing the essence of Kiwi food with his thoughtful and refined cuisine. Over at Pasture, Chef of the Year Ed Verner is allowing us to meet the ingredients on our plate as if for the very first time. This guide is designed to help you have the best dining experiences on offer. There is no better time to be eating out in New Zealand.
KELLI BRETT, EDITOR, CUISINE DIRECTOR, FOOD, FAIRFAX NZ
Beetroot with smoked fresh cheese, harakeke & wild cress, Amisfield