Drifted around Oneroa on a beautiful sunny Friday looking for a small graze about lunchtime. We had been to Oyster Inn with a bunch of people for lunch 1 year ago and it was very good. So this time we opted for a change and settled on Wai Kitchen Restaurant which is in the ocean side of the main road which is damned busy, so be very careful.
It was nudging midday as we entered and this restaurant has inside and outside deck seating so we chose a nice spot outside 'on the bridge' with a glorious view. The place was not overly busy at first but the busyness increased during the next couple of hours. Not long seated when water and cutlery arrived and drinks order taken. reasonable selection of Waiheke wines of good quality. A decent menu selection with crossover for brunch and lunch dishes so this widens the choices. One diner was gluten free and this small complication did not faze the waiting staff or chef. Went for the pan fried chicken livers which were sublime, juicy and tender and these came with pancetta, leek. This dish included and a darker sweet dessert wine that the chef refers to as pedro ximenez (abolutely hate fog language) - a very tasty combination nevertheless. Other dish was marinated chicken with quinoa, cashews feta & beetroot - also delicious. The prices were a little on the higher side and seem to reflect the status of all things Waiheke at the moment. Service was not overly fussy but was attentive and the water was topped up without question. Relaxed atmosphere and a very pleasant experience when all expectations were exceeded.
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