Good Food Guide - - Waikato -

Fiona Massey runs this el­e­gant eatery in Cam­bridge’s lovely old Na­tional Ho­tel (circa 1912), of which many lo­cals have nos­tal­gic stories to tell. Massey’s re­fur­bish­ment clev­erly mixes old-school charm with a fresh, stylish look. She has a tal­ented team in the kitchen, headed by long-time Waikato chef Harry Wil­liams. The ex­ten­sive, thought­fully cho­sen wine list is in the ca­pa­ble hands of French­man Se­bastien Le­mercier. The food is bright and ap­peal­ing and much at­ten­tion is given to flavour match­ing, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents and smart pre­sen­ta­tion. Menu de­scrip­tions are de­lib­er­ately sim­ple and there are un­listed sur­prises on each plate. The fish spe­cial is al­ways a work of art, and Al­pha Street has a rep­u­ta­tion for stun­ning desserts. There’s an ex­cel­lent cheese se­lec­tion as well.

47 Al­pha St, Cam­bridge, 07 827 5596, al­ Lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $33-$39

Gra­cious, spa­cious, IN BRIEF and food made with love

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