Fancy

Published on March 5th, 2015 | by Ultimate OmNoms

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Euro

It’s quite rare these days to go to a degustation – let alone a Chef’s Table Degustation. Paying so much for a meal, there’s the expectation of stellar food – which sometimes explains the hefty sigh that would follow an overdone steak. Or the chance of having that knowledgeable but icy waiter who makes me mirror it in the most awkward stretched-smile-kind-of-way.

Chickpeas - parsley hummus/carrot & buckwheat bread
A super special occasion or a yearly treat would justify going. For me, it was to reward a hardworking momma who had been busy looking after an energetic ball of cuteness, otherwise as known as my nephew.

Euro had revamped their menu late last year into a gluten-free dining experience that promises the same indulgent flavours without the dreaded food coma afterwards. This new food ethos echoes the recent food trends of healthy eating and people being more educated and aware of what they are ingesting.

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I’m all for it, dining out and less guilt. We were seated on bar stools along an L shaped table around the kitchen, giving the allusion of watching a private chef at home. Our two chefs were brilliant – boisterous with happy energy that rubbed off on the 10 guests. Everything was explained as they cooked.

I could ramble on about each of the 10 dishes but you can click on the photos for descriptions. At first I found the food almost bland, especially when I faced the greenness of the cucumber and kale sauce in the second course. But after my tastebuds adjusted, I realised I was used to the expectation of the overly salty and seasoned food when dining out. My first surprise was the red pepper egg in the Red Tomato Consomme which pops gently when you pop the whole thing in your mouth. These flavours were light but tasty – there wasn’t the overload of flavours, just clean and fresh ingredients.

Red tomato consomme - red pepper egg/Bristol Bay king crab

As the courses went along, the flavours got more heavy and food more creamy and dense. We weren’t served any form of carbohydrates until the 7th risotto course –although faux spaghetti was spotted before that, which was a dream accompanied with the quail breast.

The big perk of a Chef’s Degustation is that everything is well personalised. Before serving the wagyu, the chef promised one of our well-built male diners that he will most certainly be full after the degustation, otherwise she’ll personally make him a burger. The wagyu, while looking tantalizingly small, had my taste buds going from the moment it started searing on the pan. I cannot resist it, I am a carnivore.

Zen-Hoh A5 Japanese wagyu - buttered edamame/truffle fries

Eating at Euro, you’ll observe the use of fancy glass gadgets and liquid nitrogen smoking up the kitchen. It’s more like a show than any other dining experience I’ve had. Even when one of the irreplaceable expensive contraptions broke, the chefs were calm and made do with something else. Huge ups for keeping it together and thinking quick on their feet!

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At the end of the night, we were even given an extra course – cake pops along with a personalised chocolate message to each of our guests. Whilst my sister in law’s one read “Happy Birthday”, I got a cute one which said “Just Because”. To round off the night, a mini burger was delivered to the male diner for being a good sport, even though he insisted he was full.

Needless to say, I loved it at Euro. Princes Wharf hasn’t got the pulse of Federal Street, or the glam of Britomart. But understated elegance has always been what attracts the business people that come here for their after work drinks. Don’t be intimidated, change up your dining scene and head down to this area for something special.

Euro Restaurant & Bar

Ph: 09 3099866

22/147 Quay St

Auckland

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