Plume the vineyard restaurant, Matakana

We had been wanting to go on another road trip for a while, so I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to go to Matakana for my birthday. Matakana is a beautiful wine region 40 minutes north of Auckland. I had been eyeing up a few restaurants in Matakana such as The Stables, and Plume, and Matakana Market Kitchen. It was so hard to decide because all of them had great things said about them. In the end, we decided to go the Plume the vineyard restaurant. The weather was super windy, a little overcast but at least it didn’t rain. We were seated outside the restaurant but there were those clear covers that make another “room” Β to block the wind, and heaters to keep us warm. The ultimate location! We could soak up the little sun available while staying inside.

Service was friendly and efficient, and our mains were enjoyable though not particularly memorable.

New Zealand Scallops- oven baked, mussels and mushrooms in deippoisse sauce, pommes duchesse, roquette salad ($36)
New Zealand Scallops- oven baked, mussels and mushrooms in deippoisse sauce, pommes duchesse, roquette salad ($36)

I was not expecting this for my main, it was like a fish pie, only without the fish. I wouldn’t recommend having scallops this way, it was bland, texture-less, and a sad testimony to the beautiful shellfish.

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Green Thai Vegetable Curry with steamed rice ($22)

Lisa had the Green Thai Curry which was loaded with vegetables! A different take on the Thai curry.

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Duck Breast- roasted briouat of duck leg confit, cannellini beans cassoulet, potato gratin, orange sweet and sour sauce ($40)

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I think this was the best dish of them all, the sauce was rich and bursting with flavour, the spring roll was loaded and crunchy, and the duck breast was cooked perfectly medium rare.

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Chicken Breast- free range, mushroom and porcini light cream sauce, truffle mash, brussel sprouts with bacon crumbs ($35)

First time trying brussel sprouts (finally!). It tastes like cabbage. It looks like mini cabbage. I was expecting something absolutely disgusting from all the stories I’d read as a kid where everyone despises this vegetable LOL. But no, it’s perfectly fine! This was a nice main as well, but again not amazing or anything.

Desserts were GORGEOUS to look at.

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Vanilla Creme Brulee with yoghurt biscuit ($16)

This creme brulee was unfortunately not smooth and silky :( The flavour was spot on, not too sweet and with a nice caremelisation on the top but unfortunately the creme had a curdled texture.

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Chocolate Fondant with blood orange sorbet, praline ($16)

Deep, dark, rich, oozy centre. Need I say more?!?! Oh my gosh, if you need to satisfy in a sinfully chocolate dessert, this is the one.

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Assortment- of home made zabaione gelato, frozen passion fruit yoghurt, blood orange sorbet, pina colada biscotti ($16)
Churros (Spanish dumplings)- coated in Barbados and cinnamon sugar, Mexican hot chocolate sauce ($16)
Churros (Spanish dumplings)- coated in Barbados and cinnamon sugar, Mexican hot chocolate sauce ($16)

You can’t go wrong with churros. Dip into ice cream for an indulgent treat. Though it’s amazing how much the price of churros can vary- $3 at the markets to $16 at a restaurant!

Plume the vineyard restaurant

49a Sharp Road

Matakana

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