Good Food Guide - - Bay Of Plenty Taupo -

Andrew and Jenni May have trans­formed what was an old tyre shop in Feild­ing into Amayjen, a restaurant be­com­ing a Manawatu go-to for qual­ity ser­vice and play­ful use of sea­sonal, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Meat takes the lead in a va­ri­ety of forms in­clud­ing veni­son shank pie, sous vide loin of lamb in a smoked tomato and rich thyme jus, and a 300g Aberdeen An­gus scotch fil­let with triple-cooked pota­toes, onion rings and your choice of gar­lic but­ter, mixed pep­per­corn, smoked onion or blue cheese sauce. Cre­ative plates us­ing seafood and game, such as seared scal­lops with a leek puree, chorizo oil, caviar but­ter sauce and chorizo crumb, or smoked wild boar can­nel­loni with a chilli, ap­ple and pineapple salsa and burnt ap­ple gel, also fea­ture. Desserts are beau­ti­ful clas­sics with a few twists, and ser­vice is at­ten­tive.

7-12 Fer­gus­son St, Feild­ing, 06 323 2797, Lunch & din­ner Mon-sat; mains $33-$40

IN BRIEF Cre­ative flavours in the heart of Feild­ing

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