Anne and I and our adult children has just had a great time walking the Hollyford.
We needed a meal to celebrate our return from the wilds and for us, Rata really worked!
We had a big round table for the six of us. Can't remember the waiter's name but he was a great guy from the Veneto and he coped admirably with us.
There were so many wonderful sounding dishes on the entree side of the menu. We ordered a whole lot to share with the slow braised Merino shoulder and a double order of the Trumpeter with clams to follow.
We started with an orange wine from Valli in the Gibbston and then an excellent Chablis.
I think we felt the small courses trumped the mains. That's not to say the mains weren't good, just that the small dishes were something else. Things like kingfish crudo, goat's cheese profiteroles with rata honey, Southland cheese rolls with pickled cauliflower, beetroot cured salmon, Bluff octopus La Plancha, Cloudy Bay storm clams. Each dish had so many twists and tastes, just lifted and fed off each other. Mind you I think the Chablis helped.
An older, Two Paddock Pinot Noir from Bannockburn was a delight with the lamb.
We were going to do desert but in the end it was just cheese followed by sweetmeats, with coffee and cognac.
This is a stylish restaurant, exploring and innovating, not as far out there as some of the Nordics, but proud of local produce and with a real feel for food.
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