September 25, 2012

Review: dinner at the Sofitel Auckland

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:

Sofitel Auckland

I love this reflection of the Sky Tower in the kitchen marble

Sofitel lobby

The watery lobby with fresh flowers that change each week. Just on dusk 125 candles are lit in the lobby each night too.

Sofitel Auckland

The junior suite with apartment and marina views

Sofitel Lava Dining

More fresh flowers at Lava Dining. I love these! Note the marble wall above the bar by day…

Sofitel lava kitchen

Lava kitchen – by night

Sofitel entree

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.

Sofitel entree

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.

Sofitel hapuka dinner

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!

Sofitel lamb

The Bloke had this tender and juicy lamb rump with Jerusalem artichoke, soy bean, pine nuts and olives.

Sofitel dessert

This was a yummy way to end the night: cold coconut rice pudding with rhubarb, yoghurt and digestive biscuits

Sofitel dessert

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!

Sofitel breakfast

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!

Sofitel jacuzzi

The Sofitel also has a gym and lap pool, but I decided to include the jacuzzi for your viewing pleasure

Sofitel view

The view from my harbour-view corner room the next morning.

 

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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