Through the double gates and beyond the shell-and-stone patio is a little getaway with a hint of Spain, housed in a classic 1912 kauri villa. Run by an ex-winemaker and a Kiwi chef, the focus is on local wild-game, shellfish from the region's aquaculture farms, and free-range and organic produce where possible. Tapas can be an adventure; try the kangaroo kebabs, smoked eel filos or Albondigas (free-range pork and olive meatballs with spicy tomato sauce). For your main,
smoked duck breast with caramelised orange and chilli sauce is a winning signature dish. Light mains are also available—if the tapas aren't enough! Beautiful outdoor courtyard for summer, crackling fire inside in winter. It's Spanish, with strong Kiwi flavors.
109 Sealey St., Thames, 3500, New Zealand