Good Food Guide - - Waikato -

Crudo, opened last year by Hamil­ton hospi­tal­ity cou­ple Amy Hodg­son and Char­lie Dun­can, is in an un­pre­pos­sess­ing block of shops in Hamil­ton’s St An­drews sub­urb. It’s an un­likely place for an in­ti­mate, taste­fully ap­pointed restaurant of its cal­i­bre; this hum­ble­ness, this quiet con­fi­dence, makes you love it even more. The food – cooked by Hamil­ton-trained and much­trav­elled chef Gareth Cowie – is fresh, beau­ti­fully bal­anced and cre­ative. You’ll find the likes of steak tartare, fish crudo, but­ter­poached lob­ster on squid ink risotto, a per­fect tuna niçoise, and a thor­oughly in­dul­gent cho­co­late tast­ing plate. The kitchen places great em­pha­sis on metic­u­lous plat­ing and each dish demon­strates clever tech­niques and flavour match­ing. There’s a straight­for­ward wine list and you’ll be well at­tended to by Hodg­son at front of house.

29 Braid Rd, St An­drews, Hamil­ton,07 849 1949; crudo­din­ Din­ner Tues-sat; mains $30-$39

Cool, ca­pa­ble, next level IN BRIEF neigh­bour­hood din­ing

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