Casita Miro restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Casita Miro is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Destination Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

Casita Miro’s greatest strengths lie in its eccentricity: its charming, capable and friendly staff; a drinks list comprised of its own wines, a really great selection of Spanish imports and a terrific selection of sherries; a Spanish-ish glassy pavilion complete with Gaudi-esque tiling. You’ll find it set among olive trees down a rutted dirt driveway: we come here often to sit on the hill and drink wine and order snacks from the bar menu. The house-made focaccia served with their own olive oil and a selection of imported Spanish cold cuts and cheeses alone is worthy of a drive across the island. Lunch or dinner is an equally rustic affair – there’s a lot of seafood, much of it local, and there’s usually a paella and a slow-cooked tagine, lamb, say, with figs and olives, by turns sweet and savoury and salty. Despite the foreign influence, Casita uses and celebrates local produce – it’s that kind of place.

What it offers: À la carte / Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Outdoor dining / Takes large groups / Bar / Good for kids

A favourite dish: Patatas bravas with house-made tomato sauce

Hours: Lunch 7 days, Dinner Fri-Sat
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$
Chef: Rensha Bouwer

Waiheke Island
3 Brown Road
ph 372-7854

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