Everything about Tantalus screams VIP, even without having to be one. They did call in the big guns, Cheshire architects. Its surreal wooden and stone building overlooking rows of vines bursting with flavour from the earth and sun. Head Chef Joe Vasiloff has created something special to enjoy while feasting on wine; the pork shoulder with spiced prunes and celeriac remoulade really hit the spot.
The cellar door is there when you walk into the restaurant and nice introduction before you make your selections. With a huge nod from the wine authority, Bob Campell on their Époque 2014 red wine, there are some top choices to enjoy. There are also craft beers on the menu – if you dare to miss out on the wine.
After lunch a stroll though the vineyards are in order, not because they are just there – more so for the appreciation of where your drop has come from. A sort of farm to table validation, its all somewhat satisfying and not something you can do everyday.
Outdoor seating in the restaurant
Coffee-Rubbed Pork Shoulder, savoy cabbage and apple fondue, spiced prunes, celeriac remoulade
Address 70 Onetangi Road, Waiheke Island, Auckland 09 372 2625 tantalus.co.nz
Open 11am-4pm, Thursday — Sunday
Best Coffee-Rubbed Pork Shoulder
Fullers has ferries departing a few times a day from Auckland city and Devenport. They also have a bus service so you can purchase that with your return ticket for an additional $10 on top of you $36 ticket. There are shuttles and taxies available to take you around the island as the busses are crowded on public holidays. Many Waiheke island goers also bring their bikes along to cycle around the island if you are inclined.