Palm­beach­bistro: Atas­te­ofwai­heke

Waiheke Marketplace - - Out & About -

Whether you pre­fer your food on el­e­gant dine-in plat­ters or wrapped in paper down on the beach, there’s only one place to go.

In­tro­duc­ing Palm Beach Bar & Bistro, Wai­heke’s new­est eatery. Open­ing just three weeks ago in­side the Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort re­cep­tion area, the Bar & Bistro isn’t just Palm Beach’s only li­censed restau­rant, but an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self.

While the re­sort formerly had some food op­tions for guests, man­ager Parke Mackay says this is some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent: a fully-formed eatery that caters to lo­cals as much as it does to those vis­it­ing.

Look­ing around, it’s clear all 16 years of his ex­pe­ri­ence as a restau­ran­teur and re­sort man­ager has gone into craft­ing the ab­so­lute best. Think bal­cony break­fasts, a` la carte lunches, pool­side din­ners and take­aways you can carry down to the beach – all mak­ing this no or­di­nary restau­rant.

Then there’s the food it­self: a se­lec­tion of Wai­heke’s finest lo­cal pro­duce fo­cused on fresh­ness, qual­ity and value for money.

Try the 250 gram rib eye steak with rocket salad and garlic lemon but­ter (a steal at only $34) or the de­li­cious beetroot and hal­loumi salad for $16; or keep an eye on the ever-chang­ing menu for the com­pletely unique chef’s spe­cials.

‘‘We want lo­cals to come up and be sur­prised ev­ery time they come,’’ Parke says.

For those want­ing to ex­plore, Parke in­vites all lo­cals up to the re­sort to tour the fa­cil­i­ties. Not only would the friendly team love to show you around, but men­tion this editorial and the cof­fee’s on them!

It’s just one of the ways the Bar & Bistro aims to con­nect with the sur­round­ing community, from util­is­ing Wai­heke-grown foods and wines to of­fer­ing up their venue for Christ­mas par­ties and func­tions.

‘‘By en­dors­ing lo­cal prod­ucts and cus­toms, we’re ed­i­fy­ing what it is to be Wai­hekean – any­thing which is good for the Is­land is good for us all.’’

The Bar & Bistro is just the first of what’s to come at the Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort, with Parke say­ing he plans to launch an­other community-based ac­tiv­ity in a month’s time. Stay tuned for de­tails!

Open Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from 8am-late, see Palm Beach Bar & Bistro for de­li­cious Wai­heke cui­sine and take­aways, made by lo­cals for lo­cals. Phone 09 372 0011 or visit 4 Bay Road, Palm Beach, Wai­heke.

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