Good Food Guide - - Marlborough -

From the street, Ur­ban Oys­ter Bar & Eatery gives lit­tle away, but once in­side, the ca­sual din­ing at­mos­phere has a charm of its own. But it’s the food that re­ally shines. The menu is ex­cit­ing and quirky, with plenty of spe­cials chang­ing daily to show off the skills of top Nel­son chef Matt Bouterey (above right) and his team, led by head chef Jeff Soal (above left). The pro­duce is lo­cal and fresh – the kitchen works with four lo­cal grow­ers to en­sure the best sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents are on the ta­ble – and dishes are de­signed to be shared. You might have salt and pep­per squid with salt-baked cele­riac puree and black pep­per re­duc­tion, and smoked pork em­panada, spiked prawn fon­due and char­coal shrimp mayo. The wine list is ap­proach­able and in­ter­est­ing, and there are some su­perb lo­cal craft beers on tap.

278 Hardy St, 03 546 7861, ur­baneatery.co.nz Lunch Wed-sat, din­ner Mon-sat; larger plates $16-$27

IN BRIEF Flavour-packed shar­ing plates with a fun vibe

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