I stayed at the Sofitel in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter in a room with a fab view of the harbour. I also did the sabrage. What on earth is sabrage, you ask? Why, it’s only whipping the cork off the top of a bottle of champagne with a sabre! Here’s my video here >>>
But before we did that, we ate at Lava Dining. The restaurant has a unique interior design with marble walls that are lit yellow/gold at night like molten lava – and the food! Scott Brown, ex chef from Huka Lodge is in the kitchen so I was expecting great things:
I love this reflection of the Sky Tower in the kitchen marble
The watery lobby with fresh flowers that change each week. Just on dusk 125 candles are lit in the lobby each night too.
The junior suite with apartment and marina views
More fresh flowers at Lava Dining. I love these! Note the marble wall above the bar by day…
Lava kitchen – by night
This was my entree: clams and crispy chicken in a creamy garlic broth served on basmati rice with crisp chili toast. I would definitely have it again.
The Bloke ordered this: Pig’s Head. What possessed him I have no idea because the name had me screaming. However it was pressed cheeks slow cooked with kimchi, tomato, garlic, pickle and kewpie (Japanese mayonaise). He loved it.
My main was this hapuka dish. I nearly didn’t order it as I don’t usually go for fish when I’m out, but thanks to our waiter, Khoi’s recommendation, this is probably the best fish I’ve ever tasted. Hapuka on pureed mash with chorizo and a rich red wine viniagarette. I dream about this meal!
The Bloke had this tender and juicy lamb rump with Jerusalem artichoke, soy bean, pine nuts and olives.
This was a yummy way to end the night: cold coconut rice pudding with rhubarb, yoghurt and digestive biscuits
The quirkily named Fruit and Nut Bar is a deconstructed ice cream dessert with chocolate crackle, black doris sorbet and soft Manjari chocolate. The Bloke had this one – and I also hoed in!
While we’re on food, I thought I’d also show you my breakfast the next day: these crunchy corn fritters with bacon and chipotle sour cream. Gooood!
The Sofitel also has a gym and lap pool, but I decided to include the jacuzzi for your viewing pleasure
The view from my harbour-view corner room the next morning.