Good Food Guide - - Waikato -


A big, hand­some eatery on Tau­ranga’s wa­ter­front street The Strand, Ma­cau serves up fresh, con­tem­po­rary food that melds flavours of the East with in­flu­ences of the West. With a bar, comfy booths and plenty of ta­bles, as well as ter­race and pave­ment seat­ing and an up­stairs area for func­tions, the fit-out chan­nels ori­en­tal themes, with bold red and turquoise touches among the sleek black fur­nish­ings. The shar­ing menu has plenty to ap­peal, with high­lights in­clud­ing the sal­mon and tuna poke – a “Hawai­ian sashimi salad” with a tangy yuzu dress­ing – and the light and crunchy tem­pura egg­plant, ex­pertly dressed with soy caramel, sesame seeds, co­rian­der, crispy shal­lots and Sichuan pep­per. The wine list is an in­ter­est­ing mix of home and abroad, and there’s a de­cent se­lec­tion of cock­tails, cider, sake and beer. 59 The Strand, Tau­ranga, ph: 07-578 8717, Lunch & din­ner 7 days; larger plates $21-$39 IN BRIEF Mod-asian food in slick sur­rounds

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