The clue is in the title and this classy, elegant restaurant on O’Connell Street is certainly all about good meat, fish and of course wine.
We were invited to sample the menu by the restaurant and we couldn’t have been happier to oblige!
Head chef Mark Wilson and his team use the best seasonal ingredients on an ever changing menu which changes according to whatever is in season at that time. You certainly can’t get fresher than that.
Located in a beautiful heritage building dating from 1924, large windows flood the restaurant with light and your eye will immediately be drawn to the stunning chandelier, constructed from over 2000 Riedel wine glasses.
Boasting one of the largest wine lists in New Zealand and with a choice of private dining options from small and intimate to large and spacious, Meat Fish Wine is a great choice for a special occasion meal.
Similarly, even though the restaurant is beautifully decorated, it does not feel pretentious or overly formal at all and therefore should not be restricted to special occasion dining only.
The first thing that greets you as you enter is a large copper plated bar with overhead bulbs providing ambient lighting. You can even eat at the bar if you wish, there is a fantastic light bite menu to enjoy with a glass of wine.
We always feel that the sign of a good restaurant is in their bread and butter offering. This roll was crusty on the outside with a fluffy centre and the accompanying creamy butter was a match made in heaven.
Presentation was superb and portions were a very good size indeed. You definitely won’t be leaving Meat Fish Wine hungry.
The Chicken Liver Parfait was served with two thickly cut pieces of grilled sourdough and comes with PX cherry jelly and homemade piccalilli. The parfait was so smooth and creamy and the piccalilli just added the acidity to offset the creaminess.
The master stock braised Pork Belly was served with the top layer of skin removed and then seared. This saved the effort of sawing through really crispy pork skin! It was served with a delicious kumara-peanut salad on top of a miso dressing, rhubarb kimchi and chili jam. The final touch was the crispness added by the pork crackers which gave great texture. One of the best pork belly dishes we have tried in Auckland.
The rump of lamb was served medium rare so was lovely and pink and came with courgette ribbons and tomato confit. The caponata dressing (Eggplant, roast potatoes, bell peppers) was rich and complemented the lamb very well. The flavour of the Mediterranean coast on a plate.
The English parsley Gnocchi was a vegetarians dream dish. This was also a very generous portion and the gnocchi was nicely toasted on the outside with a creamy, flavourful filling. Accompanied with a pea puree, broad beans and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese on top to add that little something extra special.
We were way too full for dessert but would love to come back and taste the cheeseboard with fruit loaf and quince and the ‘Crunchie Bar’ – chocolate marquise, hokey pokey, hazelnut and vanilla bean ice cream.
At Meat Fish Wine you will eat as well as in any fine dining restaurant but feel more relaxed and pay the price of a good mid range restaurant.
The restaurant could be perfect for a romantic evening in a private room or with your friends and family in their bigger private room or to simply enjoy the ambiance in the main restaurant.
Check out the deals on their website, they offer a pre-theatre meal or lunch with 2 delicious courses for $40 (or 3 courses for just $55).
Thanks to Meat Fish Wine for hosting us – we will certainly be back.
Meat Fish Wine
Corner of O’Connell and Chancery Streets
Tel: 09 374 0990