THE ENGINE ROOM

14.5/20

Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Un­com­pli­cated, full-flavoured clas­sics are on of­fer here – the likes of French coun­try ter­rine with pick­led cher­ries and crunchy cor­ni­chons, or veal schnitzel with crispy potato rosti, coleslaw and creamy ca­per but­ter (do go all out and have it ‘Hol­stein’ with the ad­di­tion of a softly poached egg and an­chovies). There are also pep­per­ings of the un­ex­pected on this classy black­board menu – you might find a prawn salad with grapes, tahini yo­ghurt, beets, al­monds and harissa, or Ōra King salmon with car­damom rice, spiced beet­root, raita and tamarind. Por­tions are gen­er­ous so desserts may be a stretch, but it would be a shame to miss out on the chur­ros con cho­co­late or rose panna cotta with rhubarb and pis­ta­chio. Ex­pect a warm wel­come and a buzzy vibe, with a drinks list that suits the menu per­fectly.

115 Queen St, North­cote Point, 09 480 9502, en­gine­room.net.nz Lunch Fri, din­ner Tues-sat; mains $38-$40

Buzzy bistro with IN BRIEF ex­pe­ri­ence and charm

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