I could have easily planned two weeks of meals in Auckland alone, but I had to fit as much as I could in about two days, while looking regretfully at all the scratched out choices. Merediths was my first dinner in New Zealand, and it remained one of the most memorable meals for the rest of the trip. And by that, I mean that the food was excellent, although the lingering shame I feel in having fallen asleep at the table a few times still weighs in my mind. To be fair, I had travelled for over 24hr, arriving in time to start the day bright and early at 6am, and then trudged around all day in weather that nearly reduced me to the same state as a post-drenching Wicked Witch of the West. But enough of that. Here are the photos.
I suppose that another factor to take into account concerning my brief forays into sleep: the meal progressed at a slower pace than I'd anticipated. It took just over 3hr for 9 courses, which was about normal or even fast for a New Zealand pace, as I would find out. But in comparison to what I'm used to in the US, but also in Canada, France, and especially Japan (where we were frequently asked to eat faster), people who plan on doing tasting menus in New Zealand should expect a more leisurely meal.
Date: March 2017
Camera: Canon 6D