Good Food Guide - - Waiheke Island -

Sit­ting in the con­ser­va­tory of Tantalus Es­tate on a win­try day with the sun shin­ing in, it’s hard to feel that much is wrong with the world. When Camp­bell Aitken and Car­rie Men­dell (above) opened this warm­ing, con­vivial spot in Septem­ber last year, the Cheshire Ar­chi­tects-or­ches­trated fit-out quickly had peo­ple talk­ing, and it’s not hard to see why. All lo­cal stone and re­cy­cled kauri, with leather seat­ing sur­round­ing a cosy fire­place and light­ing fix­tures sculpted from vines, it has a ca­sual, rus­tic lodge vibe. This is a win­ery restaurant but the Al­ibi in-house brew­ery gets just as much love, with the cluedup, charm­ing staff sug­gest­ing both beer and wine matches to go with head chef Paul Jobin’s beau­ti­fully pre­sented food. Don’t miss the seafood ra­men – an umami bomb of soft­poached egg, smoked fish and del­i­cately pick­led black fungi in a pitch-per­fect cray­fish broth.

70-72 One­tangi Rd, One­tangi, 09 372 2625, tantalus.co.nz Lunch 7 days; mains $34-$39

A so­phis­ti­cated lunch IN BRIEF ex­pe­ri­ence in a stun­ning space

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