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Rotorua, the North Island town set on the stunning lake of the same name is renowned for its geothermal activity and Māori culture and now its food celebrating both these.
This Winter celebrate Matariki and be dazzled by the region’s culinary stars.
From Tipuānuku-Land Southern Pure Eye fillet, topped with Ohiwa Black Diamond fresh truffle, grown in unique volcanic soils, accompanied by crayfish tail, from the Waitā-Sea, Pekepeke Kiore mushroom from Tony Smith curator of gourmet mushrooms of the Whakatane region, Bacon croquette, served with a light café jus
Wine MatchVilla Maria: McDiarmid Hill Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2020
$59214 Kawaha Point Road, Kawaha Point, Rotorua 3010
Pickled New Zealand mussels, Treetops lodge Manuka honey and eggplant hummus, Lux organics purple potatoes on Rewana flat bread
$1514D Pandora Avenue, Sunnybrook
Your choice of either: Katikati Smoked Kahawai OR Seasoned Sous Vide Pork Belly.
Served with free range poached eggs, set on Aunty Ma’s handmade rēwena bread, topped with a Kinaki Wild Herb kawakawa infused hollandaise, then finished with a watercress oil & tips. Served with Fat Dog’s own homemade rosti.
1161 Arawa St, Rotorua
Creamy garlic New Zealand green-lipped mussels, Katikati Fisheries smoked kahawai, sous vide bacon hock with a tomato and Kinaki Wild Herb’s karengo sauce base. Finished with a watercress aioli and tips.
$25 1 ft. $48 2 ft. 1154 Arawa Street, Rotorua
Puha pasta sheets filled with foraged mushrooms, harakeke and ricotta to make raviolo sized ravioli, tossed in a Venison Shank and horopito ragu and served with pickled pumpkin, parsnip puree and finished with crisp garnishes
$331161 Amohau St, Rotorua
Confit Kinaki horopito duck leg served with kumara, local foraged pickled pikopiko and wild mushroom, pea, kawakawa & herb sponge, mushroom crisp and smoked gourmet potato pebbles
Local foraged ingredients used are piko piko and kawakawa
Paired with a delicious dry drop from Volcanic Hills Winery – the Volcanic Hills Blanc de Blanc.
$38 ($50 incl. Bubbles1191 Pukaki Street, Rotorua
Line caught fish with steamed Tuatua clam & green lipped mussel served on lobster bisque sauce with Kinaki Rotorua pikopiko, exotic mushrooms, hangi potato, lumpfish caviar garnished with dehydrated Kinaki Rotorua Kawakawa Crisp.
$481057 Arawa Street, Rotorua
Lux Organics beetroot cured Warehou Tikitere Farm kumara brandade, with Kina butter, Lux Organics micro-greens, red kelp in a fragrant Pink & White gin broth.
$271183 Arawa Street, Rotorua
He tia no Te Mamaku, he pēto kākano harakeke me te kawakawa kua kohia mai Te Mamaku, he penupenu herewi, he rīwai maori kua tunu ki te hāngi, Lux whakarākai rau iti
Mamaku venison, Kākano harekeke & foraged Mamaku kawakawa pesto, celeriac puree, hāngi purple potato, Lux micro greens
$37 1092-1106 Tutanekai Street
Wood fired pizza, Terrace Kitchen Manuka infused lamb, pizza sauce, roast purple kumara, fresh watercress, shaved Omania Farm truffles
$29Titokorangi Drive, Rotorua
A take on the Pork Boil Up and Rewana Flatbread with a little bit of a twist.
$251135 Arawa St, Rotorua