“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.”
“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.”
“Thank you for helping to make Miranda and Craig’s wedding such a special occasion. Cable Bay exceeded our expectations in every way and our guests were especially complimentary about the food – truly superb.”