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Bay restaurants a cut above the rest

Eight Bay of Plenty restaurants have received the longest running culinary award in New Zealand, the Beef and Lamb Excellence Award for 2019 after a tough and rigorous assessment process.

Now in their 23rd year, the Excellence Awards recognise the skill, expertise and talent of our greatest chefs and together with the iconic gold plate, signpost to consumers where they can try the pinnacle of beef and lamb.

Chef Peter Gordon has been wowing the folk of London and New Zealand with his remarkable dishes and has travelled the world plying his trade – but rates Kiwi chefs amongst the best in terms of cooking with beef and lamb.

“I have eaten at restaurants around the world and I’m hugely proud of the world-class beef and lamb we have here in New Zealand.

“I put this down to two factors; we have access to these wonderful meats, which are grass-fed and reared outdoors, giving them a delicious texture and flavour.

“But it also comes down to our chefs. They are talented, creative, dedicated, and adventurous – I could go on throwing adjectives at them – but the proof is there for anyone to experience at restaurants up and down the country.”

After an application process that saw over 230 restaurants apply, an army of more than 100 independent, culinary-trained assessors were sent out to ‘mystery shop’ the restaurants and return their verdicts on whether the dishes had met the standard to be labelled as a leader of beef and lamb cuisine.

New Zealand is renowned for its world-class beef and lamb by locals and visitors alike. Shaun Clouston, Executive Chef at the Wellington institution Logan Brown, has experienced first hand the pull New Zealand beef and lamb can have on international visitors.

“I once had a customer who saw a lamb dish from Logan Brown featured in a magazine. He then got on a plane from Japan, landed in Auckland and flew straight to Wellington just to have New Zealand lamb.”

“The beef and lamb dishes I have tried by other Kiwi chefs are phenomenal – verses what I’ve had elsewhere, they are unbelievably good. Just the other day I had probably the best lamb I’ve ever eaten in my life at a restaurant right here in New Zealand.

“I think what really helps us as chefs is access to fantastic product, this is where it all begins. It’s difficult to group all chefs into the same basket but we are all able to draw from the world’s best product.”

But for any self-confessed foodie, the proof is in the eating. Anyone keen to experience how good we Kiwis are at cooking with beef and lamb should head to the restaurant directory on nzexcellenceawards.co.nz and try for themselves.

 

Full Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards 2019 Restaurant List

 

 

Bay of Plenty

Central Park Bar & Kitchen

Katikati

Latitude 37

Mt. Maunganui

Mount Bistro

Mt. Maunganui

Tay Street Beach Café

Mt. Maunganui

The Crown & Badger

Tauranga

Halo Lounge & Dining, Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Tauranga

Bistro at Falls Retreat

Waihi

Waihi Beach Hotel

Waihi Beach

Northland

Marsden Estate Winery

Kerikeri

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Russell

Te Koha Lodge

Te Ngaere

The Quay Kitchen

Whangarei

Number 8 Restaurant & Bar

Whangarei

Auckland

Cibo Parnell

Parnell

Soljans Estate Winery

Kumeu

Knights on Albert, Stamford Plaza Hotel

Central Auckland

MASU

Central Auckland

21 Days Bar & Brasserie

Browns Bay

Annabelles

Mission Bay

Giraffe

Central Auckland

Manly Bar & Grill

Whangaparaoa

The Square, Novotel Auckland Airport

Auckland

Mr Toms

Ponsonby

Queen's Head Bar & Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton

Central Auckland

Oyster and Chop

Central Auckland

Vineyard Café, Villa Maria Estate

South Auckland

Regatta Bar & Eatery

Takapuna

Jervois Steakhouse

Herne Bay

Pilkingtons

Central Auckland

Ampersand Eatery

Central Auckland

Bracu

Bombay

Black Cottage Café

Coatesville

Rothko

Matakana

Plume Restaurant

Matakana

Casita Miro

Waiheke Island

Cable Bay Vineyards

Waiheke Island

The Archive Bar & Bistro

Waiheke Island

Tantalus Estate

Waiheke Island

Coromandel

Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar

Coromandel Town

Koru at Rapaura

Thames

Waikato

Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar

Cambridge

Zealong Tea Estate

Gordonton

Palate Restaurant

Hamilton

Bluestone Steak House

Hamilton

Furnace Restaurant & Bar

Hamilton

Smith & McKenzie Steakhouse

Hamilton

The Redoubt Bar & Eatery

Matamata

The Wooden Farmer Restaurant

Putaruru

Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar

Te Awamutu

Huhu Café

Waitomo

Rotorua

Dukes Restaurant, Princes Gate Hotel

Rotorua

Stolen Bike Café

Rotorua

Mokoia Restaurant, Waiora Lakeside Spa Resort

Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Restaurant & Wine Bar

Rotorua

Taupo/National Park

Ruapehu Room, The Chateau

National Park

Victoria's Café Kitchen Bar

Taupo

Edgewater Restaurant, Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels

Taupo

The Brantry

Taupo

Plateau Bar & Eatery

Taupo

The Bistro

Taupo

Bistro Lago, Hilton Lake Taupo

Taupo

Tongariro Lodge

Turangi

Taranaki

Gusto Restaurant Café & Bar

New Plymouth

The Orangery Restaurant, Quality Hotel

New Plymouth

Bella Vita Restaurant

New Plymouth

Gover St Bistro

New Plymouth

Meat and Liquor

New Plymouth

Fork n Knife

New Plymouth

Table Restaurant, Nice Hotel

New Plymouth

The Good Home

New Plymouth

Stony River Boutique Hotel

Okato

Manawatu

The Barrelhouse

Dannevirke

Amayjen The Restaurant

Feilding

Nero Restaurant

Palmerston North

Table 188

Palmerston North

The Fat Farmer

Palmerston North

Aberdeen on Broadway

Palmerston North

Hawkes Bay

Mangapapa Hotel

Havelock North

Namaskar Indian Restaurant

Havelock North

Emporium Eatery & Bar, Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Napier

Philippine Asian Kitchen, Westshore Beach Inn Hotel

Napier

Wairarapa

Wharekauhau Country Estate

Featherston

Union Square, Martinborough Hotel

Martinborough

Pinocchio

Martinborough

Tirohana Estate

Martinborough

Eatery 10 Restaurant

Martinborough

Wellington

Sea Salt Café & Eatery

Wellington

Artisan Dining House, Bolton Hotel

Wellington

Cashmere Lounge

Wellington

Grill Meats Beer

Wellington

Logan Brown

Wellington

Noble Rot Wine Bar

Wellington

Olive Restaurant

Wellington

One 80 Restaurant, Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay

Wellington

Vivant! Restaurant & Bar, Ibis Hotel

Wellington

Hummingbird Eatery & Bar

Wellington

Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

Wellington

Chameleon Restaurant, InterContinental Hotel

Wellington

Bellamy's by Logan Brown

Wellington

Boulcott Street Bistro

Wellington

La Bella Italia

Wellington

Portlander Bar & Grill, Rydges Hotel

Wellington

Jackson Café Bistro

Lower Hutt

Shed 5 Restaurant & Bar

Wellington

Tinakori Bistro

Wellington

Nelson/Marlborough

Harakeke Restaurant, Awaroa Lodge

Abel Tasman NP

Quench Restaurant & Bar, Chateau Marlborough

Blenheim

Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen

Blenheim

Kai Restaurant

Kaiteriteri

Precinct Dining Co.

Nelson

Comida Café & Restaurant

Nelson

Cod & Lobster Brasserie

Nelson

Foredeck Restaurant, Bay of Many Coves

Queen Charlotte Sound

Canterbury

Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar

Ashburton

The Lake House

Ashburton

The Polo Bar & Restaurant

Christchurch

Costas Taverna

Christchurch

Pescatore, The George

Christchurch

50 Bistro, The George

Christchurch

Strawberry Fare

Christchurch

Chillingworth Road

Christchurch

Merrin Street Brewery Bar

Christchurch

Terra Viva Café

Christchurch

The Old Vicarage

Christchurch

 

The Craft Embassy

Christchurch

5th Street

Christchurch

Cook 'n' with Gas

Christchurch

Pattersons Restaurant & Bar, Commodore Hotel

Christchurch

The Flamming Rabbit

Christchurch

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

Christchurch

The Happening Bar & Kitchen

Christchurch

Café Valentino

Christchurch

Coasters Tavern

Christchurch

The Square, Novotel Christchurch

Christchurch

The Good Home Ferrymead

Christchurch

No. 31 Restaurant

Hanmer Springs

Governors Bay Hotel

Lyttleton

Dunedin/North Otago

McGavins Restaurant & Bar, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Dunedin

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant

Dunedin

Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar

Dunedin

Vault 21

Dunedin

Prohibition Smokehouse

Dunedin

Cucina

Oamaru

T Bar Restaurant, Brydone Hotel

Oamaru

Central Otago

Millhouse Restaurant, Millbrook Resort

Arrowtown

Kobe Cuisine, Millbrook Resort

Arrowtown

Carrick Winery Restaurant

Bannockburn

Olivers Restaurant

Clyde

Pitches Store

Ophir

Captains Restaurant

Queenstown

Prime Lakefront Restaurant & Bar

Queenstown

MacKenzies Restaurant, the Heritage Hotel

Queenstown

True South Dining Room, The Rees Hotel

Queenstown

Wakatipu Grill, Hilton Hotel

Queenstown

Muskets and Moonshine

Queenstown

Roaring Megs

Queenstown

Observatory Restaurant, Millennium Hotel

Queenstown

Bistro Gentil

Wanaka

Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen

Wanaka

Cardrona Hotel

Cardrona

South Canterbury/Mackenzie District

The Dubliner

Methven

Carnegies

Fairlie

The Panorama Room, The Hermitage Hotel

Mt. Cook

Stronechrubie

Mt. Somers

Poppies Café

Twizel

West Coast

Matheson Café

Fox Glacier

Waterwheel Restaurant, Stations Inn

Hokitika

Southland

The Whistling Frog

Catlins

Paddington Arms

Invercargill

Redcliff Restaurant & Bar

Te Anau

The Fat Duck

Te Anau

Two Fat Stags

Waikawa

 

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Awesome for those who acheived, but....

Posted on 05-12-2018 12:10 | By jed

I was looking at the list, but, it looks to me like Tauranga may be slightly below average compared to other regions. Taupo for example, which is much smaller but has almost the same number of awards.