We don’t get out as much as we’d like to these days. Life has been pretty hectic and busy with the reno and life in general, and to be honest, when you’ve spent as much as we have on a new kitchen, it’s kinda important to spend time cooking in it and eating out of it. Obviously it’s nice to get out of the house for some one on one time though and it’s important to #dateyourhusband so last Friday night we headed to the city for date night.
We arranged a babysitter and arrived at Meat Fish Wine in the city at 7.45pm. We’ve been here before, for a banquet kind of event which was amazing, but it’s always fun to throw on a dress and some lippy and hit the town with my main man. Actually, he’s my only man, but it sounds cooler right saying “main man”. hehe.
We ate the Chef’s menu which takes any guess work out of the evening and allows one to just sit and relax, enjoying surroundings and savouring the uninterrupted company of your spouse. I was driving so although we were treated to the matching wines, I only had a sip of each and they were all beautifully paired – ranging from Chilean reds to a French sticky.
Our starter was the most delicious little housemade sourdough roll served with horopito and parsley butter which was so good I could have eaten the entire pat, not just the amount that suitably melted into my roll.
Following the bread, was this picturesque and totally instagrammable Venison Carpaccio with baby beets, fried parsnip, whole hazelnuts and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. Such a wonderful combination of textures and flavours and that presentation – night time photos on my iPhone don’t do it justice.
And then we were presented with my favourite dish of the night – and not just the night. Possibly one of the finest meals I have ever eaten. Seriously, it was sublime! Kumara & potato gnocchi, roast pumpkin, butternut puree, sage pine nuts and generously rained upon again with Parmigiano Reggiano. It was insanely delicious – rich and full of smooth flavours. I’m not sure I could have eaten a larger portion even though my tastebuds craved more, more, more. It was cut through with a crisp Pinot Gris which balanced the flavours and intensity of each mouthful truly beautifully.
The next course was Master stock cooked pork belly, with baby kumara, miso and maple dressing on chili cabbage slaw. It was a fine dish and delicious of course, but that Gnocchi ruined me!
A few moments rest and we were brought our dessert. The finale was this completely indulgent combination “Crunchie bar” chocolate marquise, hokey pokey, hazelnut and vanilla bean ice cream. I have a very sweet tooth, but this I could not finish! It was perfect as a sharing portion I think – one each was too much for me.
The service at Meat Fish Wine is attentive, but not overbearing and they know how to give you space to enjoy the company of your fellow diner. I love the explanation of each dish as it arrives at the table, because the foodie in me wants all the details and I am interested in knowing about each component of a meal. The explanation behind each wine match is intriguing to me also, but this time because I have zero capability to match make wines. However, once each dish was presented and explained, we were left to enjoy it which I always appreciate when dining out.
Meat Fish Wine have a sister restaurant in Melbourne and if I have time this weekend I will be sure to check it out, but for you Kiwi’s keen to try our local for your next date night or event night in Auckland, Meat Fish Wine have a great express lunch menu and offer a pre-theatre menu perfect if you’re catching a show in the city.
Thank you for having us!