Good Food Guide - - Wellington -

A ca­sual al­ter­na­tive to Her­zog win­ery’s more for­mal fine­din­ing restau­rant set in the same beau­ti­ful grounds, the bistro is warm and invit­ing. The menu is small, cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and fea­tur­ing bistro clas­sics like beef tartare – Her­zog’s ex­cel­lent ren­di­tion, with egg yolk and daikon radish, is a per­fectly com­posed com­bi­na­tion of tex­tures – along­side in­no­va­tive com­bi­na­tions like Ao­raki sal­mon with pick­led root veg­eta­bles and green tea cream. Catch of the day was an­other re­cent seafood high­light, the crispy-skinned red snap­per rest­ing on a fra­grant chick­pea curry. Wait­staff are wel­com­ing, their ser­vice ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing guests’ needs are well an­tic­i­pated, and the im­pres­sive ar­ray of Her­zog wines on of­fer is a big bonus. 81 Jef­fries Rd, Wairau Val­ley, ph: 03-572 8770, her­zog.co.nz Lunch & din­ner Wed-sun (bistro closed un­til 14 Sept 2016); mains $30-$36 IN BRIEF El­e­gant food in pleas­ant win­ery sur­rounds

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