MINT Restaurant is an obvious but welcome anomaly in Napier, as it is the only restaurant to be housed within one of the few surviving Victorian-era buildings. While the facade might mark it out as an exception in Napier, the food on offer inside MINT is a keen reflection of its setting. The freshly steamed New Zealand greenlip mussels are a local favorite, and here they are infused with manuka smoke and cooked with shallots, white wine and marinated lemon. As though it were competing to be the most ‘Kiwi’ dish on the menu, the 14-hour braised lamb shoulder and pan-fried lamb loin is accompanied by the New Zealand staple of creamed kumara with a carrot and Pernod purée and fennel-infused juice.
MINT Restaurant, 189 Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 835 4050
Salvare is a boutique winery with an award winning wine cellar. Though the food options available here may be limited, the platter that accompanies wine tastings at the distinctive ‘Red Shed’ are exceptional. Alongside locally sourced cured meats and cheeses are homemade olive oils, a spicy crushed nut Dukkah and a delectable Chardonnay mustard to slather over rustic cuts of bread. Salvare’s unique frozen shots of wine finish these platters with the deep, satisfying feeling of a sorbet.
Salvare, 403 Ngatarawa Rd, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 874 9409