Good Food Guide - - Waiheke Island -

Set high on a hill on Wai­heke, Te Whau boasts the kind of vista that graces the cov­ers of travel brochures – with rows of vines in the fore­ground, then the stun­ning Hau­raki Gulf be­yond. The vine­yard has been run by the same fam­ily, Wai­heke wine­mak­ing pi­o­neers the Forsyths, since the 90s, with the restau­rant open­ing its doors in 2001. The small din­ing room is warm and invit­ing, and the food is skil­fully pre­pared and flavour­some – a dish of duck leg, wal­nut buck­wheat, pick­led thyme cher­ries, shi­itake and ox­tail dumpling was a re­cent high­light – with the bonus of an open kitchen al­low­ing din­ers to watch the chefs at work. The ex­ten­sive wine list show­cases both the ex­cel­lent Te Whau wines and lesser-known in­ter­na­tional styles and brands. 218 Te Whau Drive, Oneroa, ph: 09-372 7191, tewhau.co.nz April-oct lunch Fri-sun, din­ner Fri-sat; Nov & March lunch 6 days, din­ner Sat; Dec-jan, lunch 7 days, din­ner Thurs-sat; mains $34.50-$43.50 IN BRIEF Desti­na­tion din­ing with views to die for

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