Visiting The Tasting Shed, Kumeu

Following from my previous post, I could not recommend a better place to dine on a sunny autumn day after visiting vineyards and collecting autumn leaves than The Tasting Shed.

The Tasting Shed is a rural restaurant with plenty rustic, country charm that serves food that could rival a Michelin restaurant in New York. We love the spacious, wooden interior, the delightful vegetable garden and the exquisite entree-sized shared plates this lovely restaurant has to offer.

The food at the Tasting Shed is sublime. Not only is it atheistically pleasing, flavour-wise, it exceeds expectations. Every dish we ordered had the perfect balance of textures and flavours. The composition of ingredients was so intricately done, the elements of each dish worked in harmony, supporting and complimenting each other, resulting in the perfect taste sensation in every mouthful.
Take by way of example, the kumara with asparagus, grapefruit, radicchio, chilli, ginger and coconut. The kumara was so tender it melted in your mouth like icecream. The dish carried many asian influences, bought out the natural sweetness of the kumara without being overpowering. The grapefruit provided a delightful contrast.  The tuna market ceviche with watermelon, lime, buckwheat and buttermilk foam was very, very well composed. My favourite dish was the Pavlova dessert. This wasn't some ordinary kiwi classic. Eating their pavlova was like strolling through a rainbow rainforest full of meringue mountains, strawberry sorbet, white chocolate ganache and buttery shortbread.

I could go on and on about every dish we ordered, but why should I?

You should try it out for yourself.

Tasting Shed is one of the Metro Top 50 Restaurants of 2016. I recommend you visit it when the weather is nice, as it is a very "outdoor-sy" restaurant with lots of indoor-outdoor flow. Their pork belly dish was voted the People's choice dish for 2016 Metro Magazine awards. They are very busy on weekends so I recommend you make a booking. Visit Coopers Creek Vineyard for a wine tasting after lunch, which is situated right beside The Tasting Shed.

Tasting Shed
09 412 6454
609 SH 16, Kumeu 0891

09 412 6454

09 412 6454



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