UPDATE: The head chef is now James Pask, of various Auckland and Wellington ventures. A good pair of hands, so the quality continues, with the addition of a workday lunch Tuesday to Friday now, $35 for 2 courses, $45 for 3 courses. Exceedingly good value for the quality of food delivered.
Whitebait is the new Whitehouse venture, run by Paul Hoather’s ex-Sydney in-laws (who both have considerable respect in the food world from all accounts).
In the interests of brevity since there’s still many xmas pies to eat and carols to sing, here’s my initial thoughts:
- It had a very Auckland viaduct feel to me (views, diner mass, reasonably generic décor).
- If you enjoy all kinds of seafood, you’ll enjoy this menu (approx 80% is seafood).
- No disputing the food quality, especially the dessert work of arts (do make room for one).
- Take a walletful of cash (the herb and parmesan crusted
bluenose needed a side, taking the $41 price tag to $50).
- Entrees are substantial enough and of sufficient interest to have as a main with a side ($24-$32 + $9), and include a couple of whitebait options as you’d hope for a place named Whitebait (I can recommend the semolina noodles with whitebait, garlic and chilli).
- The wine list was varied and split into helpful categories (smoky and rich whites, dark and brooding reds, fine and rare, etc).
- The service needs to settle in a bit (early days).
- I’m keen to try lunchtime and see how that compares (overall vibe).
It’ll be interesting to see how they go after the honeymoon period given the average diner these days wants to eat out more often for the same $.
Clyde Quay Wharf (old Overseas Terminal for those of us over 20).