Good Food Guide - - Waikato -

Chim Choo Ree has a sin­gu­lar charm: the fit-out in the his­toric Waikato Brew­ery build­ing is fresh and hip, guests are warmly wel­comed, ser­vice is at­ten­tive and the food is ex­cel­lent. Menus change sea­son­ally, there is a thought­fully cho­sen wine list, a good ar­ray of craft beers, and co-owner/head chef Cameron Farmilo (above) takes great care with the de­sign and ex­e­cu­tion of his plates. A lovely fresh pasta en­tree of hand­made tortellini filled with creamy lo­cal goat’s curd is fur­ther en­hanced by burnt sage but­ter sauce and a swoosh of sweet date puree. Eye fil­let is pre­sented with cau­li­flower foam, black pud­ding and black gar­lic for a main. Desserts of­fer play­ful twists on clas­sics; a light-as-air rice pud­ding mousse paired with am­brosia, lime mas­car­pone and sher­bet is a beauty.

The Brew­ery Build­ing, 14 An­zac Pa­rade, Hamil­ton; 07 839 4329, chim­ Lunch Mon-fri, din­ner Mon-sat; mains $36-$38

Smart food and IN BRIEF ser­vice in a fab­u­lous her­itage build­ing

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