ADDRESS: 854 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden
DINNER: Tue – Sat
SCORE: 15 / 20
Meat lovers rejoice. At Cazador game is a speciality so expect to see a menu bursting with the likes of hare, venison, quail and goat (though there’s usually a fish and vegetarian option, too). It might come in the form of confit of pheasant supported by a hearty, flavoursome broth, or maybe chargrilled venison heart or braised hare bourguignon rich with red wine. Family owned and operated, Cazador has been going for 30 years and is now in the hands of the Dariush Lolaiy, son of the original founders, with co-owner Rebecca Smidt (pictured with Dariush) running a fantastic front of house with skill and enthusiasm. The dining room is a triumph of quirky retro in a kind of rustic-game-lodgemeets- Spanish-hacienda way, with taxidermied heads gazing down on diners from white rough-plastered walls.