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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 --- 23 restaurant & bar Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington www.waipunahotel.co.nz 115780-v2 EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT! With resident band 'Tall Order' Enjoy a sumptuous buffet meal and dance the night away for PER PERSON Buffet available from 6.00-10.00pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Ph 526 3020 Present this advert and receive a complimentary glass of bubbles for each adult. During the day it’s a place that you might stop briefy for a snack and a coffee but looks can deceive as come night time it’s transformed into a serious restaurant with serious food. The modestly decorated dining area has just undergone an extensive no expense spared makeover, the main focus, draped tables with fne white linen, shapely glassware and crockery could have you wondering if you’re in the right place. In the kitchen chef de cuisine Philipp Knoedler’s artfully presented and clever ideas are successfully married with excellent local produce. Pullman has developed a mighty presence over the last few years for high-concept innovative fare that has kept the restaurant on the gourmet map. It’s a reputation that should continue with the arrival of a new spring menu which unashamedly leans towards timeless and innovative dishes. This is a restaurant run by skilled chefs teamed with switched-on foor staff. There’s generosity in favours and portions, but subtlety too with plenty of choice. Stand-out tapas such as tempura prawns ($14), chicken and parma ham croquettes ($11), wagyu meat balls ($11), char grilled calamari ($10), lamb cutlets ($16). The trick is to order big and share. Entrees range from seafood chowder ($23), pork belly ($26), rabbit and chestnut ravioli ($22), chicken livers ($23), smoked salmon ($24). The magic follows with mains of angus beef rib-eye, char grilled with thick cut chips ($39), honey glazed duck, brussels sprouts, bacon, maple cherry jus ($40), free range chicken breast, baked potato, turnip gratin, green herbs and tomato romesco ($37), lamb duo of roasted rack with almond risotto and braised shoulder cassoulet ($42), grained beef fllet, pan fried with cognac, white bean puree, glazed shallots and roasted root vegetables ($44), butternut squash risotto, smoked tempeh, edamame and spiced pumpkin seeds ($28). Sides ($9) are all predictable. Dessert reads like gastronomique, well executed, big favours and beautifully presented. Try the mandarin tart ($17), pomegranate sorbet and vanilla mascarpone, valrhona chocolate fondant ($18) pistachio ice cream, peanut sable and red cherry coulis or the kahlua and hazelnut mousse cake ($16), cointreau ice cream and fg compote, granny- smith apple and pear pie ($15). A strong wine list that includes an all red cellar selection makes up the rest of the package dividing its loyalties between commercial and boutique vintages with a choice by the glass. And the verdict? Dining by Pullman is proof that good food never goes out of style. This is an adventurous food and dining experience that raises the bar. Lunch and breakfast menus also deliver good value. Dining by Pullman, Licensed. Cnr Waterloo Quadrant & Princess St, City. Phone 353 1000. Open 7 days. All credit cards accepted (1.5% surcharge). Web: www.pullmanauckland.co.nz Menu 8.5, Cuisine 9, Wine List 8, Service 8.5, Décor 9.5, Value for Money 8.5 103091-V48 117887-V2 117693-V7 Promote 271 8068 your business on the DINING & LEISURE pages... PHONE The Times welcomes dining, wining and entertainment news -- has your restaurant/venue undergone a change? Do you have a special event coming up? Have you launched a special price or menu? Tell me about it -- Helen Perry, ph 271-8036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Dining & Leisure By Jon Rawlinson When I secured entry to Auck- land’s Town Hall many years ago to see the performance of one Mr. Billy Bragg, neglecting to exchange cash for entry on the way, I received more than my money would have been worth. Years later, I felt I owed this musician and was happy to part with the cash required to attend his recent Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me gig, featuring a trib- ute to the late, great folk singer, Woody Guthrie, as well as his own work. Approached by Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, to turn a pleth- ora of unﬁnished and unre- corded works into songs for a new generation, Bragg, along with American alternative rock band, Wilco, produced the Mer- maid Avenue Project, named after a street in Coney Island where Guthrie once lived. Although a heavily-accented Essex musician may seem like a strange choice to bring the work of an iconic American singer to life, as Woody famously had the words: ‘This machine kills fas- cists’ emblazoned on his guitar, it’s not so surprising! Belting out politically-inspired tunes in the second half of the performance – as well as more than a few love songs for the ‘softies’ – Bragg brought the house to its feet. Bragg has been criticised for being hypocritical over the years, preaching a socialist message while dancing to a capitalist tune. However, those who believe this best look to more than one man with a guitar who asks questions to ﬁnd their answers; it’s far too easy to get the message mixed up with the man who delivers it. Ultimately, it’s great to see art- ists dust off their guitars and take to the stage again, now that the online revolution has stripped them of income from recorded product. While some may have been able to hide behind digital trick- ery, musicians such as Bragg have always had a place. Singing unashamedly in his native accent of things that ‘piss him off’, he proved that honestly delivered songs and engaging stories, can prove more substantial than a show born of pyrotechnics and electronic stage magic. After securing free entry last time – not a statement of my dis- tain for those corporate ‘covert battalions’, but simply because I was a teenager – this time I did, in my own small way, make ‘the world safe for capitalism’ and bought a tour t-shirt to boot; well, what’s a little ‘hypocrisy’ amongst friends anyway? Oh, and Billy, not all Kiwi jour- nalists are honest! Bragg-ing rights at the Town Hall Billy Bragg Photo supplied / James Millarsm Birds of a feather are sure to ﬂock together for the upcom- ing biennial Franklin Hospice Ramble next month. The ramble, virtually just ‘down the road’ in Frank- lin district, begins at Waiau Pa near Clarks Beach with a wide variety of gardens open for viewing in the Waiuku and northern Pukekohe areas From courtyard and potager gardens to expansive country estates, the district’s hidden gems will be on show, Novem- ber 17 and 18 with home baking, artworks and crafts available for sale along the way. An ideal weekend out for gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, the ramble offers an enjoyable experience with proceeds going to the Franklin Hospice. Tickets are $45 each and are available online. Just visit www.franklinhospiceramble. org.nz, at the Franklin Hospice Simply Giving shop in King Street, Pukekohe and at local retail and garden stores. Don’t miss out! GET READY TO RAMBLE!
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