I must admit I am not a fan of Mission Estate wines, but that does not stop me from dining at their vineyard restaurant. I had always wanted to try a different vineyard to the usual ones that we tend to visit – Craggy Range, Black Barn, Elephant Hill.
There are both indoor and outdoor seating, though on a nice summers day, why would you not dine alfresco.
Market Soup of the Day – Asparagus and Pesto Soup – was much larger than we had anticipated. And was more than enough as a meal in itself.
Shitake Mushroom Linguine, Nam Jim, crisp Shallots, Fresh Herbs – Sounded interesting and delicious at the same time with the fact that there were shitake mushrooms. I was deeply disappointed at the dish. The pasta was dried pasta that you get off the shelf as opposed to fresh home made pasta. The dish lacked flavour and did not wow me at all – it was something that I could easily make at home.
Niçoise Salad – Green Leaves, Egg, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Feta, Classic Dressing
Seared Aged Beef Fillet, Roasted Capsicum Romesco, Fried Polenta, Minted Hollandaise – ordered my beef to be medium rare and it is very rare to get your beef cooked perfectly. The dish was beautifully presented. the beef itself was perfectly cooked and tender. So good that Mr Wasabi decided to help himself to half of my dish.
Hawke’s Bay Roasted Lamb Rump, Buttered Herbed Gnocchi, Pancetta, Sweet Onion Jam – was beautifully presented. The lamb was beautifully cooked where it was still pink in the centre and beautifully seasoned. I was not a fan of the herbed gnocchi as I personally found it fairly tasteless.
Meringue, Hawke’s Bay Berries, Strawberry Ice Cream, Whipped Basil Cream, Mint Sugar – sounded similar to a pavlova which Mr Wasabi was desperately wanting, unfortunately that is where it ended. The dessert was just a meringue with a side of berries, ice cream and some basil cream. the only thing that both Mr Wasabi and I both enjoyed was the rich creamy strawberry ice cream made with real strawberries. The basil cream was whipped creamed with fresh finely chopped basil through it – which was interesting but fairly boring.
Between the beef and the lamb dish I must admit the beef dish won on the day. Portion sizes are relatively large when compared to other vineyard restaurants.
Location: 198 Church Rd, Poraiti, Napier