It was actually late last year that I went to New Zealand’s North Island to take in all the wonders she has to offer, with limited time we wanted to complete North Island as best possible and leave South Island for another time. While Mr Foodie has been numerous times, it was to be my first ever visit to this place of natural landscapes beyond belief, volcanoes and temperate rainforests that seem so familiar yet different, lakes so calm that extend past the eyes can see, equally good food, wines and brews. We were about to set foot in Middle Earth and embark on a partly Lord of the Rings/Hobbit influenced holiday.
|Queens Wharf Gates and Red Fence from 1913|
|Gelato Sticks by Milse|
Though costing NZD8 each, it is an art. We bought a Salted Caramel & Macadamia choc coated and a Bombe Alaska. The flavours were amazingly refined and incredibly delicious. The Bombe Alaska had vanilla gelato with kiwi sorbet in the middle. Dipped in white chocolate and coated in meringue that was then toasted, it really was pretty special. The toasted meringue tasted like gooey marshmallow but all the sweetness is balanced out by the refereshing tangy kiwi sorbet.
|Part of Britomart in the day|
|Truer words have not been spoken|
|Jambalaya and Half Skillet Corn Bread NZD12|
|Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Wrap with Curly Fries NZD14|
|Maori influenced art|
Being a food blog, we couldn’t blatantly walk past a No. 1 Pancake sign above this hole-in-a-wall stand that quite honestly I have no idea how they fit 4 people in it. They were Korean pancakes, I’d never tried one before so here goes. Listed in the Top 100 Cheap Eats in Auckland, a pancake will set you back NZD4.50. You get to pick your filling savoury or sweet. I went for chicken and cheese. The line was long but the food comes out fast, you can see they’ve got the processes streamlined and this stall is efficient. I personally wouldn’t find a way to turn around or move without hitting something in there.
A few beers and a tipsy Mr Foodie meant we needed a siesta before dinner. So we had a siesta because we’re on holiday and we can! Next stop – more food. A walk to Skycity Auckland Casino Complex meant we also saw the Sky Tower. I was told this 328 metre high structure is illuminated in different colours throughout the year for different events and of course there is no light during Earth Hour. You can go up to the observation deck at a fee for a bird’s eye view of the city.
|Fresh oysters and clams|
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, it was all very much to our taste. The fish was fresh and tender while the mutton melted away with rich flavours of Indian spices. A good serving of mutton sat in each yorkshire pudding with yoghurt, almond and curried cauliflower. It’s definitely worth trying. The Pork Hock was tender with very crispy skin. The apple and horseradish with salsa verde cut through the fat just nicely.
|Hapuka Fish Sliders NZD17|
|Mutton Yorkshire Pudding NZD18|
|Main – Crispy Pork Hock, Apple Horseradish and Salsa Verde NZD32|
|Side – Yam, Sumac, Mint and Yoghurt NZD8|
It was our last night in Auckland and our last chance to dine in Milse so we made a bee-line for it to put our name down. Also tonight was special, I managed to get in contact with a very old friend who came out to catch up with us. Possibly 8 years since we last met, after all it’s not everyday someone goes to Auckland or comes to Adelaide. After what ended up being a 45 minute wait we got a table. You could have desserts from the cabinet or off their dessert menu. It doesn’t give you much information, just the flavours you can expect. In a way I liked the element of surprise. We each went for different things and each dessert was an amazing cluster of flavours, think deconstructed dessert with crumbles, gels, sorbet, brittles, mousse, nuts, dirt, gelato and poached fruit. I don’t want to ruin the surprise and experience for you so here are pictures without descriptions.