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Here is a brief summary of a night I was able to experience…

In an enchanting Adam & Eve style celebration at Imperial Lane & Everybody’s Bar & Bistro, we were treated by five of Auckland’s best chefs via a ‘Walking Degustation’ with divine wine matches and the launch of Mac’s Shady Pale Ale

Simon Gault of Euro was on the ground floor. He produced a memorable dish as he was ‘ironing on’ (yes, with a normal home iron!) a lid for his tea smoked tomato. This was served alongside a wagyu carpaccio. Perfect with a glass (or in our case a few) of Te Tera Point Pinot Noir. Great start!

Moving upstairs through the venue and it was time to try the next dish. Warren Turnbull from District Dining (also has Assiette & District Dining in Sydney) was serving from the balcony  cured King Salmon with ginger vinegar, yuzu pearls, cucumber and radish salad. The yuzu pearls really completed the richness of the salmon as too did the Pinot Gris from Wither Hills

Inside, Al Brown, Kyle Street (Head Chef @ Depot) & kitchen crew were frantically plating up pulled pork sliders with a delicious jalapeno slaw. The wine match was The King’s Series Chardonnay – a seriously great match

The next dish to try was a duck & shiitaki sausage dish with farro, turnip & tamarillo chutney. The guy’s from Roxy got this dish spot on and the pureed turnip was amazing. Yum! It was washed down with a glass of Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot

To finish, on the mezzanine The Grove’s Ben Bayly’s apple sorbet & brandy was paired with The King’s Series A Sticky End

It was a fantastic evening. Favourite dish? Very tough to decide, in fact impossible