I love the idea of a walking degustation. Working out South and living on the Shore, I don’t always go out to town to eat. So when I do, I find myself going to at least three places – one for a meal, dessert, and drinks after.
Wynyard Quarter can be a bit of a walk from the central city but on a gorgeous day, it’s a good excuse for a stroll across the little bridge. The restaurant itself is gorgeous – warm rustic hues and overflowing greenery. There’s a variety of different seating options with beautiful round sofas for more intimate group dining.
As I’ve started playing with cakes and decorating, I’ve started opting for desserts that are less sweet with a more mysterious element. The tiramisu with Baileys and chocolate cream hits all the right spots for me. Rightly meaning “pick me up” or “lift me up” in Italian, the coffee taste wasn’t too strong but mixed well with the dreamy mascarpone. It was a pleasure to crack into the shell case and use it to scoop up the cream.
I prefered it over the Valrhona torta caprese (chocolate almond cake) with raspberry sorbet. It was a work of art when it came and no doubt would be a favourite for any chocolate lover. It seems to be a given that most chocolate desserts are now made with Valrhona chocolate and the quality shows. The sweet and sour combination was very punchy and energising upon every mouthful.
Thumbs ups for the dessert experience. Being an Italian restaurant, I’d love to go back to try their wagyu meatballs and handmade pastas. A peak at the menu also shows an extensive vegetarian menu so it could potentially tick all the boxes for group dining needs!