Set in the western corner of the idyllic Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, New Zealand, is a fast-growing hive of activity with a wealth of attractions for those who come for rest and recuperation. Atop Mount Maunganui visitors can absorb Tauranga’s lingering coastline, natural hot springs and bubbling marinas. And if the mild climb up the Mount has worked up a hunger, there are plenty of restaurants in the city below to satiate the appetite.
Two things seem to be guaranteed at Elizabeth Café and Larder; firstly, the floor to ceiling windows will be streaming sunlight into the generously airy, open-plan seating area, and secondly, this seating area will be packed with happily chatting customers dining on their freshly prepared meals. The clientele is a comfortable mix of young professionals and casual diners starting the day with a plate of huevos rancheros or treating themselves to eggs on rye with gravlax salmon. The evening menu is a finely honed selection of hearty modern fusion that allows for a calmer post-work atmosphere, with just four small plates and five large plates to pick from. Those with an appetite are treated to char-grilled Angus Scotch fillet or five point smoked lamb rack.
Elizabeth Café and Larder, 247 Cameron Road, Tauranga, New Zealand, +64 07 579 0950