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RestaurantWakanui Grill Dining

Wakanui Grill Dining

Restaurant, $$$, Steak, Marina District
  • ReservationYes
  • Private Room2
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeSmart casual
  • Vegetarian DishBelow 5
  • Bring Your Own BottleYes
  • BuffetNo
  • Corkage$60/Bottle
  • Smoking AreaNone
  • Car ValetNo
 

Review

High-quality New Zealand meat prepared with Japanese finesse is the name of the game at this elegant restaurant, set in lush green surroundings overlooking the cityscape. A glass-enclosed kitchen enables diners to watch the culinary action unfold. The delicate flavours of spring lamb chop make for a tempting starter, or as a half-rack for a main dish; they’re tender, moist and sans fat. The Canterbury grass-fed fillet is extremely tender and is cooked precisely as requested—a tantalisingly faint smokiness alludes to the charcoal grill used for meats. The pavlova dessert appeals, with its crisp white meringue exterior encompassing a sweet marshmallow-soft interior, drizzled with tart golden passionfruit, while the hokey pokey ice cream pleases the palate with a delightful juxtaposition of vanilla ice cream and fragments of honeycomb toffee. New Zealand wines dominate the list, with a good selection by the glass. Staff appear to genuinely enjoy being of service, pre-empting diners’ requests.

TATLER TIP
Order pavlova or hokey pokey ice cream for dessert, showcasing Antipodean sweetness at its best.

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