“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.”
“It’s hard to top a leisurely afternoon at Cable Bay. The restaurant, housed in a sleek, low-slung building, has floor-to-ceiling windows that show off sensational views across to Auckland, and sits beside the recently expanded Wine Bar… The food is clever without being too clever, with flavours balanced harmoniously and ingredients reflecting the seasons. A starter of cured salmon with smoked creme fraiche, cucumber, grapefruit and fennel is excellent, with squid ink puree adding an extra dimension. Dessert is a highlight, particularly a dish of poached autumn fruits with creme fraiche, walnut caramel and puff pastry. Service is pleasant…, while the wine list, in addition to the expected Cable Bay offerings, features some good European choices.
In brief: Long, leisurely lunching with killer views.”
“A group of us went here for Mothers Day and it was an inspired choice. The views across the bay to Auckland were spectacular, and we ordered a variety of different platters, including lamb shanks, hummus, Brussels sprouts, cheese platters, pizza, and chicken. Everything was delicious, and sharing the various items was easy and lots of fun. They even had gluten free options. The lawn was filled with young people on bean bag chairs drinking wine and enjoying the ambience. It was a serene setting, with excellent food, wonderful wines, great coffee, and sensitive service. Truly a place to spend a special day! They even made up a specialty dessert for us that we asked for but that was not listed on the menu. Pricing was reasonable for the stellar situation and great food.”