40 Hawke’s Bay Dishes in 40 Dining Days

Whether you’re a believer or not, Lent has just started. Lent is generally a religious time that mirrors when Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent is increasingly being observed by other denominations as well. We will observe Lent by making sure we don’t have a bad meal for 40 days. Join us by observing Lent. Below are 40 great dishes we have enjoyed over the last year. 

Most of these should still be available at these restaurants. If you’d like to double check first, you can tweet and ask the ones that are on twitter. There are some great restaurants out there who now even take bookings by twitter. Not on twitter? Get setup here in 2 minutes. If the dish in this review isn’t available, you can be pretty sure that it will have been replaced with something just as good. I don’t think it’s too far a stretch to say that Hawke’s Bay is now the gourmet dining destination region of New Zealand

If you are observing Lent the traditional way, hopefully we’ll see you out again on the 7th April. 

Know of a dish we should be talking about? Leave a comment Tweet2eat’ers and we’ll start talking about it!

Smoked Eel Porridge at Pacifica Restaurant, Napier
Rocky Road Tower at Ten Twenty Four, Hastings
Venison Carpaccio at Black Barn, Havelock North

Tasty Denheath Custard Squares at Ujazi Cafe, Napier
Akaroa Salmon Cakes at Black Barn Restaurant, Havelock North
Lemon Meringue at Pacifica Restaurant, Napier
Light as a feather omelette at Sol Cafe, Ahuriri
Bacon and Mushrooms on Toast at Raffles Cafe in Napier  
Lemon Tart at Boardwalk Restaurant, Ahuriri

A cake from the Wild Roses Cake Cabinet
The Fresh Fish at The Old Church. The Chef knows fish inside out.
A gourmet sandwich from the groovy team at Groove Kitchen
Sushi the way you want it at Sushiya. Fresh, fresh, fresh.
Anything from Madeleines cabinet in Hastings
The Duck & Lychee Red Curry at Bangkok House, Napier
French Toast and Strawberries at Clearview Winery Restaurant
Chocolate Pinwheel scones at The Opera Kitchen, Hastings
Green Eggs and Ham at E’s Cafe, Havelock North
The Sauteed Potatoes with Holly Bacon and Happy Hen Poached Eggs at Adam & Eva’s, Havelock North
A sandwich from The Kitchen Table, Tennyson Street Napier
Mushroom Brioche and Eggs at Adam & Eva’s
A big slice of Cheesecake at East Pier
A full breakfast before work at Opera Kitchen.
Fresh fruit and veges from Four Square in Ahuriri
Pizza at Bay Espresso in Taradale
A fresh pastry from Adoro Cafe in Napier
The Tiramasu Pyramid at Mint Restaurant in Napier
A dish or three at Sri Thai, Ahuriri
Corn Fritters at Bay Espresso in Karamu Road, Hastings
Sushi at Aozora in Ahuriri. The best in Hawke’s Bay
A posh salad from Taste Cornucopia in Hastings
A generously sized chicken breast on this Thirsty Whale Burger
Swordfish and prawns at Pacifica. Flavour sensation
Create your own platter at Three Doors Up in Ahuriri
Ninja Plate at Ten Twenty Four in Hastings
Healthy Fruit Salad at Westermans Cafe
Builders breakfast at Fuse Cafe in Hastings
Tom Yum Soup ordered five star Thai Hot at the Thai Lotus, Taradale.
The Polenta Chips at Provedores (note the chef is now at Boardwalk – order by special request there?)
Cured Salmon salad at Elephant Hill Winery Restaurant
Fennel Salad at Wholefoods Kitchen, Napier. Healthy and yum!
The Melting Moments on this counter at the Coffee Corner in Napier South.
Maharaja Pies at Raffles Cafe, Napier


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