This is the post that’s long overdue, and truth be told, I’ve been avoiding it a bit. First of all, it’s a loooong post as I sat through a long degustation. There were some highlights, and there were some lowlights. And it’s Attica! There’s a 6 month wait to get a table! And it’s in the top 50 best restaurants in the world. I’m very torn about this. Having said that, my partner points out that it was a “complete” experience – food, atmosphere, service (I’m guessing he was more enamoured by this dinner than I).
A few interesting snacks to start… There were breads, an olive oil mousse, buckwheat pancakes, and crumbed mussels (complete with crazy painted mussel shell).
Snow Crab, Mandarin and Sorrel. Light, delicate and fresh.
Marron and Ground Greens. Really, you can’t really do anything wrong with a marron dish. Love.
A simple dish of Potato cooked in the earth it was grown. First time I had this dish a few years ago, it was a revelation. Whilst this time, it was not a revelation, it was still pretty darn good as I love a good potato.
Cucumber, Holy Flax, Sauce of Burnet. Never ceases to amaze me how something that sounds so bland (cucumber) and good for you (holy flax!) can actually taste good!
Meat from the pearl oyster pinctada maxima with Radish. Hmm… this was a real miss for me. Weird consistency, weird temperature (it was warm and not) and a poor used pearl oyster! It tasted good, but that was about it.
Wallaby with Herbs Tended by the Hands of our Cooks. It was delicious. Perfect proportions and the herbs tasted excellent.
At this point, we were invited to check out the herb garden at the back and were give a little chocolate ice cream treat. It was nice to be outside and having the opportunity to chat to the chefs.
Blueberries, Vinegar and Fresh Cheese. Perfect dessert. Totally my kind of dessert and I loved it!
Raw Strawberry Jam. This was good too. Interesting in that it was like semi frozen jam on top of strawberries and other things.
Lastly, we were presented with a little ditty about a Pukeko bird and some chocolates. Very cute way to end the evening.
So, one miss, and a few hits. I’m not sure if I would recommend Attica to people as it’s a bit avant garde and a fair amount of dollars for dinner. I suppose I will be back in a few years to see what new food experiences are there and if the old trusty potato dish is still there!