ADDRESS: St Patricks Square, Wyndham St, Auckland
CONTACT: 09 368 4129
Check website for opening hours
DEGUSTATION: $195pp 6 courses, $235pp 8 courses

SCORE: 18.5/20

Exciting things are happening in the kitchen at The Grove under head chef Cory Campbell. The sustainability-focussed ex-Vue de Monde star is delivering sensational local flavour combinations. Consider, for example, the duck and pāua dish: such an unlikely combo; such perfection on the palate. Cory also reimagines old classics with his wonderfully innovative cooking. Close your eyes, try his sweetbread crisps – and you will swear it is roast lamb just out of the oven. The Grove’s talented kitchen is more than matched by its superb front-of-house team, including our Cuisine Good Food Awards Sommelier of the Year Andrea Martinisi, who delights in guiding diners effortlessly through the deep and varied wine list. This combination of talent assembled by owners Michael and Annette Dearth is revitalising the venerated institution in Auckland’s CBD. Its seasonal dégustation menus and elegant candle-lit dining room make it the perfect spot for that special occasion, or special someone.

IN BRIEF: Class, elegance, longevity. Something truly special


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