Te Motu was our other favourite restaurant on Waiheke Island. Like Te Whau before, The Shed at Te Motu is also annexed to a winery. But unlike Te Whau's more refined approach to New Zealand's Pacific Rim cuisine, The Shed at Te Motu was distinctively heartier, and took some inspiration from Asian flavours. We loved loved loved the lamb, a NZ take on our local mutton dum biryani, which was insanely delicious.
The ambience at Te Motu was also more homey, and staffers chat with you like family. Space is limited though, so be sure to make reservations.
The Wagyu & Potato-Cheese Pierogi (NZ$18) was lightened by the crisp citrusy notes of the chive-kefir cream and peppery cress, while truffled onions lent a sweet aromatic grounding.
A must-try and signature here, the Marino Alpine Lamb Shoulder (NZ$34) was sumptuous and fall-off-the-bone tender. This was complemented by a biryani spiced pilaf rice dotted with raisins, golden shallots, and cashews, while cucumber and yoghurt provided a refreshing counterpoint.
The Buckwheat Polenta (NZ$25), specked with porcini, and flavoured with lemon and sage, was topped with smoked ricotta, wilted Te Motu greens, and a massive fried duck egg. An excellent vegetarian option.
The Smoked Agria Potatoes (NZ$8), sided by a creamy green goddess tartar, was scrumptious in its simplicity.
For dessert, we shared the Dulce de Leche Ice-Cream (NZ$14) paired with caramelised bananas, macadamia brittle, chocolate, and spelt crepe. Beautiful textures, and a wonderful juxtaposition of the hot bananas and cold ice-cream.
The Shed at Te Motu
76 Onetangi Road
Tel: +64 9 372 6884
Open for lunch Thursdays to Mondays from 12noon to 3pm;
dinner Fridays & Saturdays from 6pm to 9.30pm