close button

The Tasting Shed (1)

Jun 23, 2014 Restaurants

The Tasting Shed

609 State Highway 16, Kumeu. Ph 412-6454,
Lunch Friday-Sunday, dinner Wednesday-Sunday. $

If you had to describe your ideal rural restaurant, The Tasting Shed would come damn close. Next to the Coopers Creek vineyard, it’s a converted pear cider shed, all open timber trusses and polished concrete floors leading out to a sheltered courtyard, and they run a courtesy bus from the city, so it’s not surprising it’s popular with hens’ parties. There’s a big, flat lawn and places to sit outside. A lot of weather-worn timber, a bar built from pear crates — rustic yet refined — and the wine list is very good indeed. The food is casual: small plates, seasonally driven. The triple-cooked potatoes are a thing of wonder and there is often a simple dish of clams with chorizo and saffron, served with bread, though there are also more inventive menu options: “stingray” with assam laksa, say. It all hangs together nicely, helped by friendly, assured service by the irrepressible Ganesh Raj (pictured).

3 Spoons

A favourite dish: Trust the chef. Seriously, there’s a menu item called that and it’s well worth a go.

Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good for kids



Latest issue shadow

Metro N°440 is out now!

With progressive councillors starting to score some wins under what was anticipated to be a reactionary major, Hayden Donnell asks: Has Wayne Brown gone woke?
Plus: we go out and investigate Auckland’s nightlife (or in some cases, the lack thereof), with best bars (with thanks to Campari); going-out diaries from Chlöe Swarbrick, BBYFACEKILLA.mp3, Poppa.Jax & more; a look into Auckland’s drugs by Don Roew (who’s holding and how much they paid for it); we go on the campaign trail with Willie Jackson, talk to gallerist Michael Lett, drink martinis and alternative wines, start seeing a therapist, visit Imogen Taylor’s studio, look into Takutai Tarsh Kemp’s wardrobe. And more!

Buy the latest issue