After a wonderful morning meandering our way around Hamilton Gardens, we were ready for a spot of lunch. We asked the lovely ladies in the gift shop if they could recommend somewhere, preferably by the river. Without hesitation they suggested Mr. Pickles, a new establishment they hadn’t actually tried but had heard excellent reviews. Despite their detailed directions, we had to ask a couple of locals before finally finding it tucked away off the main thoroughfare.
The interior was light and airy
but on this beautiful day we dined alfresco
overlooking the Waikato River.
The tapas style meal was incredible and we complemented it with a glass of 2018 Seresin Pinot Gris from the Marlborough region.
The first dish, tantalisingly named Saucy Boys, combined fried squid with spring onion, peanuts & house made xo sauce.
Next came baked potato dumplings with crispy bacon, brown butter & chives and beef cheek croquettes with habanero mustard.
Grilled scotch fillet with roast capsicum & zucchini salsa and spiced sticky eggplant with sesame & ginger followed.
With little regard for our cholesterol levels, we couldn’t resist the duck fat crushed potato with parmesan & truffle salt.
Once sated, we wandered along the riverside
for a different perspective of Mr. Pickles
and the magnificent Waikato River.
Looked delicious, and what a great spot 🙂
It was the perfect way to top off our trip to the gardens.
My kind of ‘lunch with a lovely view’ !
It was a great spot for a restaurant, never would have found it without the locals.
Love the comment “with little regard for our cholesterol levels”… you should never give those things thought on holidays…
Place looks amazing!
You have a very valid point there 🤔