The Larder – Miramar, Wellington

The Larder – https://www.facebook.com/thelardernz/ or  https://www.thelarder.co.nz/

Reviewed by FiFi, August 2016

The Place:

They have organic, free-range, vegetarian, and gluten-free options where there is an abundance of tables inside and some outside.  There was plenty of fine food in the cabinet or an amazing menu that describes the decadent menu options ion detail.  This is not just a restaurant.  It is where you go for a fine dining experience.  When we dined there were two options, however I was able to substitute the bacon for salmon.  The options on the menu at our time of dining were Smoked Fish (smoked fish, hash, eggs, hollandaise, rocket and watercress) and the Benedict (bacon, eggs, potato rosti, spinach and hollandaise).  I  requested the Montreal which was basically the Benedict but they substituted the bacon for salmon.  Another option that they do offer is another Benedict (day menu) and it consists of bacon, eggs, spinach, sourdough bread and hollandaise.  The sides were the most expensive I have ever encountered and they ranged from $8 to $9.  In saying this they sounded very gourmet such as the mushroom side that comprises of Portobello mushrooms, balsamic and rocket.

The Service:

We booked a table for a party of 10 specifically for the Kangaroo burger as part of Wellington Burger on a plate.  We waited for 45 minutes for our table (even though we had booked), and to all our disappointment they had run out of the Kangaroo burgers by the time we were seated.  The waitress was ever so apologetic and we got free drinks and were given free range to chose anything off any menu.  The service we received once we were seated was professional and they went the extra mile to try and compensate for the original booking oversight.

The Presentation:

The aesthetically pleasing dishes were stacked to culinary perfection. The elaborately prepared meals were layered to maximise all their colours and textures including their positioning on the modern, marbled plates.

  • The Benedict, Montreal and Smoked Fish – our gourmet quality benes would give even the pickiest palate a run for their money.  Just mmmmm.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were warm and runny.  Just how they should be.
  • The Bacon – was crispy, smoky and ever so tasty.
  • The Salmon – the thick chunks of manuka smoked salmon melted in my mouth
  • The Smoked Fish – was full-bodied, flaky and melted in the mouth.
  • The Spinach – was perfectly wilted and added a savoury flavour to the dish.
  • The Watercress – had a slightly peppery flavour that tantalised the tastebuds.
  • The Hollandaise – Copy or type some text here. Add or delete lines as necessary.
  • The Hash – was homemade and crispy.  It tasted divine.

 Would We Go Again?

In a heartbeat.  I would love to try some of the other options on the menu.

Scorecard

Style: 9/10 – Classic with a twist.

Taste: 10/10 – you could not fault the taste.  The meals were flavoursome.

Originality: 8/10 – the smoked fish option was unique.

Value: 8/10 – The prices were either $18 or $19 plus the sides were either $8 or $9.  Expensive, but to be honest, they were worth it.

Eggs: 7/10 – were just the right consistency.

Overall score: 9/10

133 Darlington Rd, Miramar, Wellington 6022

 

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