Rothko restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Rothko is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Best Wine runner up. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

Set on the covered veranda of the indoor section of the Sculptureum, a sculpture gallery and garden mid-way between Matakana and Omaha, Rothko is also mid-way between a winery restaurant and a smart-dining museum restaurant. The food, by ex-Orphans Kitchen chef Jarrod McGregor, is refined but comforting – generous portions of boldly flavoured line-caught fish from Leigh and grass-fed lamb from Marlborough. (If they have them, the special $1 deep-fried snapper fins, boldly spiced with tumeric and cumin, might be the best value eating in Auckland.) And in addition to its own Sculptureum wines (grown on the hill behind the sculpture gardens), Rothko has a selection of hard-to-find wines by the glass (aided by Coravin) and some of the best wine service around.

What it offers: Set-menu options / Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large bookings / Private dining /Outdoor dining

A favourite dish: Flaxbourne Pure lamb shoulder with eastern spice and prunes

Awards
Runner-up, Best Wine
Finalist, Best New Restaurant
Finalist, Restaurant Personality of the Year: Sven Nielsen

Hours: Lunch Thur-Mon, Dinner Fri-Sat
Bookings: Yes
Price: $
Chef: Jarrod McGregor

Matakana
40 Omaha Flats Rd
Matakana
ph 955-7127
sculptureum.nz/the-restaurant

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