ADDRESS:   21 The Strand, Onetangi, Waiheke Island
MAINS:   $36 – $42
CONTACT:   09 372 8846
SCORE:   16.5 / 20

There’s safety in numbers – in this case the first three digits of the Waiheke phone code – which gives this bustling bistro its name. Positioned directly opposite Onetangi Beach, Three Seven Two offers much more than the usual tourist hotspot. Chef Bronwen Laight drives a fresh and adventurous menu that presents both classics and clever inventions. Try, do, the superbly cooked whole flounder, Café de Paris butter and shoestring potatoes. What about spice-battered crispy- fried cabbage leaves served with a fragrant chilli and curry leaf aioli? With a number of indoor/ outdoor spaces to choose from, you might grab a perch and look into the tempting bar menu while exploring a diverse range of beverages that include some delicious tastes of Waiheke. Whether a local or a visitor, you will find yourself in full vacation mode here.

IN BRIEF: Energetic beach spot shouts flair and creativity