ADDRESS: Level 3, The Beehive, Molesworth St, Pipitea, Wellington
CONTACT: 04 817 9678
Check website for opening hours
$70 two courses, $85pp three courses

SCORE: 17/20

One does not dine here on the spur of the moment. Security dictates that bookings be made at least the day before – and all guests named. Such requirements are greatly rewarded once inside the fine-dining room on the third floor of The Beehive. Here you are in for a Kiwi experience beyond measure, with views over the Parliamentary lawn, famous New Zealand art on the walls and, of course, the possibility of spotting an MP or two. As befits the venue, chef Joshua Ross ministers to tastes essentially of Aotearoa. A set two- or three-course menu showcases seasonal products from around the country. Wild tahr bolognese bomba with Clevedon salted buffalo curd creatively addresses a threat to native wildlife. The beverage menu highlights a spectrum of New Zealand wines, craft beers and local spirits; the cocktail list is bound to raise a smile.

IN BRIEF: Beehive address that gets our vote of confidence


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