Clooneys, Auckland

January 7, 2015

Clooney opened in 2006 and I’ve been there once before for a meal but this time was a present from the family. We were going all in on their 7 course tasting menu with matching wines.

The dining area is really one big space. But it’s expertly divided up with banquettes and 20 foot tall black fringe curtains. Combined with the very dark lighting and individual spots shining on each table it gives a sense of privacy to each one. It’s industrial, dark, private, and intimate. Think 90’s vampire flick.

It’s a pleasant place to settle in for the long haul, and the tasting menu is an extended experience. 3+ hours of amazing food and wine would follow.

Flakey crackers with a delicate lemon curd.

First starter. A sashimi/ceviche hybrid. Raw kingfish with chamomile sorbet, freeze dried gooseberry, and grape. Sweet, tart, refreshing and crunchy. Matched with a glass of champagne.

Not on the official menu, but definitely one of the highlights of the meal. Bread and butter. The catch being that the butter tasted like caramel. Combined with the salty sourdough it transformed into salted caramel in your mouth.

Another delicate seafood dish. Scampi with an intense green pea juice, and pork crackling.

An amazing duck dish. Perfectly pink all the way through served with a ball of morcilla (Spanish blood sausage), and crisped cabbage. Great combination.

Final meat course, lamb, eggplant, date, olive, farro.

Jen’s not a big lamb fan. So the happily swapped her main course out for this fish dish. Which I was delicious but I can’t remember anything else about.

Onto the cheese, a 30 month aged comte with black garlic sauce and a sweet bread. A different take on cheese and relish.

1st proper dessert. Green tomato ice cream, verjus foam, sorrel, lychee, and pollen. Interesting dish. Very intense tart tomato flavour.

Some more traditional flavours, lavender mousse, with violet petals, freeze dried strawberry, and a pomegranate honeycomb

And a final piece of salty ganache to put us over the edge.

The wine matching with each course was fantastic. Especially a sparkling orange muscat which we had with the second dessert. I wish I had a bottle right now!

33 Sale Street
Freemans Bay
Auckland, NZ

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