“Lazing on a bean bag on Cable Bay’s lawn while looking across the water back to Auckland, it’s hard not to feel that all is right with the world. The restaurant itself – a sleek, low-slung building that works well in its environment – also boasts those killer views, with floor-to-ceiling windows… A starter of scallops, roast cauliflower cream, ham hock and apple delivers a perfect harmony of creamy, salty and tart flavours; similar dexterity is evident in the beautifully light citrus-cured salmon with watermelon, cucumber, avocado and wasabi. Cable Bay wine matches are listed on the menu to accompany each dish and staff are happy to talk you through the portfolio… On the whole Cable Bay is very worthy of a leisurely afternoon.
In brief: Statement views and smart food.”
“Such a magnificent setting: atop a broadly sweeping hill set with sculptures, vines growing to left and right, the glittering Hauraki Gulf below and the towers of the shining city beckoning in the far distance. Land your helicopter nearby or, if you’re an ordinary mortal, make the pleasant stroll up from Oneroa. The Dining Room serves smart, stylishly upmarket meals, while The Verandah, the bar next door, does small plates and you can sit inside or out. And the Cable Bay wines? Splendid.”
“Extraordinary views, an exceptional venue. I understand why so many people have touted this place as a top venue for their wedding. This place has it all in one neat package: get wowed as you enter the doors to funky art and a stunning view of the Hauraki Gulf, let the experts usher you through to the cellar for wine-tasting, and top it all off with lunch facing the lawn and sea.
For the main I had the Angus Scotch Fillet with Waiheke mushrooms, truffled leek, buckwheat and bok choy. The beef was done to my liking and all elements on the plate worked except the bok choy – it didn’t need an Asian-style green on an otherwise great New Zealand/local dish, and I find that bok choy doesn’t tend to work with truffle-flavoured items. I finished with the cheeseboard which went nicely with a diverse selection of Cable Bay and other NZ wines.
The Cable Bay Pinot Noir is exceptional, I’d recommend getting a bottle.”