ADDRESS:   166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
SET MENU:   $130pp five courses
CONTACT:   09 376 5597
SCORE:   18.5 / 20

Under the watchful eyes of executive chef/owner Nick Honeyman and head chef Zennon Wijlens, the team at Paris Butter continues to evolve and surprise. Dish after dish of exquisitely presented food is a delicious illustration of careful consideration and creativity. Even the plateware is stunning! The standard of service matches the quality of the menu, while the drinks list, including precisely curated cocktails, has something for all tastes. There is an unashamed focus on locally sourced seasonal produce. The menu may include richly flavoured asparagus served with lardo and sunflower, perfectly cooked venison with macadamia, as well as the most amazing trevally with yoghurt and apple. Make sure you go the distance: desserts at Paris Butter are an absolute epicurean treasure.

IN BRIEF: Elegant, innovative seriously artful food