ADDRESS: 614 Omihi Rd, Waipara, North Canterbury
CONTACT: 03 314 6085
Check website for opening hours
MAINS: $34 – $70

SCORE: 18.5/20

Talk about five-star foraging. In truffle season, diners go and dig their own (aided by Freddy the dog) and then return to the vineyard restaurant for a five-course lunch featuring their bounty. Such is the inspiration of head chef Olly Le Maitre who, with his team, serves up thoughtful food that is firmly and proudly connected to some of Aotearoa’s most outstanding growers and producers. This restaurant sits within a family-run vineyard that has three organic sites – meaning a total package par excellence. A monthly menu is contained and curated to boutique perfection. We recently raved about the marriage of a bowl of honeyed confit yams with salsa verde to a glass of Black Estate Netherlands Chardonnay (bearing a fresh and delicious minerality). From the winemakers to the kitchen through to front-of-house, there’s a synergy and energy here that has the power to evoke a great sense of place.

IN BRIEF: A wonderfully worthy Waipara occasion


Developed to meet the needs of New Zealand’s leading restaurants, The Alchemist’s Table is a fresh addition to the local pottery scene and sister brand of iconic Temuka Pottery. We believe that every meal should be a moment of delight and connection around the dining table, and that a chef’s carefully curated produce must be accompanied by durable ceramics designed and crafted with artistic skill and care. Today’s collections are designed to be a fusion of classic and contemporary forms and finishes to create a visually exciting experience whilst allowing the food to star.


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