NZ part 9 – final chapter

In the days, weeks and even months after a much needed indulgent, relaxing and refreshing holiday, many of us – unfortunately – fall prey to post-holiday blues. People say contemplating the next holiday helps, but seriously? I do that and I feel more depressed that it is so so so long away. Though sad to say, at least I’m working so much now I don’t have the time to think about it… eat – work – sleep – eat – work – sleep.

Anyways, this is the final chapter of my New Zealand trip…

Soljans Estate
366 State Highway 16
Auckland, New Zealand
09 412 5858

On our way to Northland, a not-so-quick stop off at a winery restaurant. yum YUmZ.

A beautifully floral medium bodied Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot / Cabernet / Malbec.

Eggs benedict on a potato and herb hashcake, with poached eggs and a choice of avocado, bacon or salmon, hollandaise sauce Soljans Legacy Méthode Traditionnelle.

Smoked lamb rump salad served with marinated danish feta, roasted capsicum, baby mixed leaves, sun dried tomatoes and tossed in a sherry vinaigrette Soljans Gisborne Pinotage.

Mushroom á la greque with caramelised onions, herb potato hashcake, poached eggs, bacon, smoked paprika oil, red wine infusion and hollandaise sauce Soljans Barrique Reserve Pinot Noir.

Open minute steak sandwich served on toasted foccacia, with camembert, caramelised spanish onion, tomato kusindi, avocado and fries Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec.

Rating: Yummy+1. Immaculately presented Modern-NewZealand (hard to distinguish from Modern Australian) cuisine. Perfect with a glass or two of the light Bordeaux varieties of red wine.


Auckland Fish market
Cnr Daldy St & Madden St
Freemans Bay, Auckland
09 379 1490

A slow laid back afternoon on our last day… with SEAFOOD!

Moonfish – give me a chunk of that… =)

Lobster – steamed? stir fried? sashimi? yummmmm

You pick your fresh ingredients, and they cook it for you here.

Quick unctuous lunch of fresh seafood skewers

Salmon, plump scallops, yellow fin tuna, prawns.

Bowl of sautéed baby potatos

Rating: Yummy. Simply delicious way to fill an afternoon…


Crystal Harbour Restaurant (revisited)
19 Market Place
Auckland, New Zealand
09 377 3773

And the final hours before we jet off back to Melbourne…

With no baking-powder-batter, this gorgously executed lobster was oozing with the unctuous juices of the sea. Thick noodles soaked up all that gelatinous goodness – totally divine!

Light, crispy Peking duck.

New Zealand lamb – surprisingly tender to bite with an earthy mustard, sweet soy and sharp pepper marinade. Lick-a-licious!

The remains of the Peking duck – san choi bao, light but flavoursome.

Mango sago – bursting with the sweetness of mango and creamy coconut. I would’ve asked for a second bowl if we were not full to the brim.
Strawberry juice.

Rating: Yummy+2. Faultless execution of Cantonese cuisine.

And a beautiful harbour sunset…

3 Responses to “NZ part 9 – final chapter”
  1. What a quirky signboard they have!

  2. Hannah says:

    A year ago I was in Europe… it still makes me heartsick to think about it! Those seafood skewers look magnificent!

  3. Feeelin your pain. Yep, I’m still trying to get over my Japan/Philippines trip last October!!! I went to Sydney a few days ago but apart from that, am planning another holiday sometime early next year.
    Heaps of food helps LOL

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