The Grove (2)
St Patrick’s Square, Wyndham St, central city. Ph 368-4129, thegroverestaurant.co.nz.
Lunch Thursday & Friday, dinner Monday-Saturday. $$$
Restaurateur of the Year: Michael Dearth / Runner-up, best fine-dining restaurant / Finalist, best chef: Ben Bayly
Twice named Supreme Winner in these awards, The Grove offers inarguably one of the very top food experiences in Auckland. Ben Bayly’s menu is an exquisite mix of creativity, chemistry and soul, and it hasn’t suffered one bit from the opening of Baduzzi, The Grove’s more rustic sister restaurant on the waterfront. Both eateries are owned and expertly overseen by Michael Dearth, who is among other things an expert sommelier who cares passionately about every drop of wine poured under his supervision. If Dearth’s not there, the level of service remains very high — the staff all know the drill, and work well together to provide an almost flawless dining experience.
A favourite dish: Tahitian yellowfin tuna with lardo di colonnata, prawn croustillant and avocado.
Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meals / Degustation / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good for kids / Bookings not usually taken