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Katsoubushi, in search of rare ingredients

May 9, 2013 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

How a tuna tartare dish inspired an international search. Thirteen years ago I used to work for a well-known waterfront restaurant where I prepared and served one of the restaurant’s signature dishes of crab. The dish would come out of the now defunct pizza oven and I’d sprinkle over the top bonito flakes which would ...

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Doing it his own way

March 27, 2013 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

Darise Bennington discovers that Sid Sahrawat’s belief in his vision has led to a unique way to dine at Sidart There are times in your life when you have to follow your instincts – even if others seem to be questioning your decision-making. When chef Sid...

Postmasters restaurant

New Arrowtown restaurant a recipe for success

March 6, 2013 • Featured, RestaurantsComments (0)

With a prime historic Arrowtown location, fresh seasonal menu, top Central Otago wines, and warm Southern hospitality, the new owners of Postmasters restaurant believe they’ve hit on the perfect recipe for success. Ex-pat English/Irish couple, Sam Laycock...

You can't beat this for outdoor dining

Northland ride rewarded with so much to discover

February 25, 2013 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

Everybody has their happy place; a place that has a ‘reserved’ spot and will forever be one of my happy places to visit on a bike is the Hokianga. Its raw beauty works like a magnet for me and the roads that take you there are spectacular. Winding your...


Waiter – skills, knowledge, attitude

February 20, 2013 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

In my introductory column I spoke about why we need to recognise waiters as professionals. This time I want to talk about training but not necessarily as you would think. I believe experience plays a major part in training and it goes hand-in-hand with the...

Shaun Clouston from Logan Brown

A culinary exchange – German chefs to learn from New Zealand’s best

February 7, 2013 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

The Germans are culinary maestros when it comes to cooking venison. So it’s interesting they’re coming to New Zealand to learn how some of our best chefs prepare one of their favourite meats. It’s part of a culinary exchange organised by Deer Industry...

Restaurant manager at work

Café and restaurant managers must remain on essential skills menu

December 20, 2012 • Cafe, Featured, RestaurantsComments (0)

Despite the highest unemployment figure in more than a decade, the hospitality sector is facing a critical shortage of skilled managers, with many businesses struggling to find suitable candidates and positions remaining vacant for months. With the industry...

Sashimi Tacos

Summer arrives at Ebisu

December 7, 2012 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

Sashimi tacos matched with sake shots, scampi tempura and wagyu beef are just a few of the highlights from Ebisu’s new summer menu. Ideal for sharing or enjoying on your own, the sophisticated new dishes from the contemporary Japanese restaurant in...

Tony Palmer

A local restaurant expands with a Jamie Oliver connection*

December 5, 2012 • Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

Tony Palmer from Safco New Zealand has helped design an extention for Pakaranga’s local restaurant Casa Tua for owner Richard Austin, working along side Nuvo Designs. Casa Tua is an established restaurant and Richard decided to expand his business because...

Daniel Pistone

Pistone returns to cook up a storm at Vidal

December 4, 2012 • Announcements, Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

In the lead up to summer in the Hawkes Bay, Vidal Estate is excited to announce the return of top Argentinian chef and culinary genius Daniel Pistone to the winery restaurant.  Pistone, who was educated in Argentina, worked in 5 star hotels in Buenos Aires...