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Pasture restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Pasture is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019. Read our review to find out why.

Pasture restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Apr 30, 2019 Restaurants

Pasture  is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Supreme Award winner, Best Fine Dining winner, and winner of Best Dish. Head chef and owner Ed Verner won Best Chef. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

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There are two sittings at Pasture, for six people each, one at 5.45 and one at 8.15. You arrive – promptly, please – to a locked door before you’re let in to a hospitable welcome from chef Ed Verner and his adjutants. For the following three hours, you’ll sit at the high bar, eating one course while watching the next one prepared over the open fire, accompanied by a soundtrack that rollicks from ESG to Lionel Richie. There will be natural wines, beer and New Zealand sake infused with plums. You might eat a kiwiberry, served on a spike of fennel. You might eat a piece of albacore tuna, warmed to blood temperature by the fire then served on a single block of ice. You will eat Verner’s bread, which takes three days to cook and is ever so slightly burnt, with 12-month-aged butter. There could be a ‘pig crumpet’, a home-made crumpet topped with a curlicue of pancetta. Every ingredient, every moment, is carefully considered and tied together with Verner’s gentle hospitality. You will leave, and think about it for days afterward.

What it offers: Chef’s counter dining / Dégustation / Natural wines

A favourite dish: Three-month-aged wagyu, cooked over a blazing fire to AC/DC’s ‘Hells Bells’.

Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Awards:
Winner, Supreme Award
Winner, Best Fine Dining
Winner, Best Dish
Winner, Best Chef: Ed Verner
Runner-up, Best Drinks
Finalist, Best Service

Hours: Dinner Wed to Sun
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$$
Chef: Ed Verner

235 Parnell Road
Ph 300-5077


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