REVIEW: Visually stunning meals

Aside from the fantastic service, the cheerful staff and the suave atmosphere, Bureta Bar and Eatery doesn’t skimp on aesthetic details.

Bureta Bar and Eatery, located at 50 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai, serves not only tastebud-tingling food but visually delicious starters, mains and desserts.

My fiance and I started with the salt and pepper calamari, served with aioli on a small bed of salad. We consider ourselves calamari connoisseurs, having travelled far and wide sampling the nation’s calamari, and we both agree that Bureta Bar serve the best-cooked calamari we’ve ever tasted.

We continued our taste journey with the braised lamb shank served with potato mash, caramelised onions and rosemary jus, and the grilled eye fillet served with hand-cut potato wedges, green salad and a creamy mushroom sauce infused with truffle oil.

The lamb was incredibly tender – it fell off the bone and drenched itself in the jus – which was not too tart, and complemented by the caramelised onion. The mash was perfectly light and fluffy while still being satisfying, and was paired with crispy potato spirals to add texture.

And the steak – cooked to absolute perfection, grilled on the outside but tender on the inside. The truffle oil was a gentle undertone to the mushroom sauce, and balanced with a fresh green salad.

Dessert was something else – we ordered the black forest trifle served with homemade chocolate waffle and the macadamia and dark chocolate brownie served with fig and honey ice cream.

Both desserts were visually stunning – the trifle layered perfectly and lightly dusted with icing sugar and the brownie oozing chocolate sauce and accompanied by a small dish of fig and honey ice cream.

The trifle was a taste journey – layers of cream, waffle, chocolate sauce and black cherry in every spoonful, served to delight and excite.

And if you are on the hunt for the world’s best brownie and ice cream, look no further. Bureta Bar and Eatery’s macadamia and dark chocolate brownie was perfectly cooked; crispy on the outside and soft and melted on the inside. The fig and honey ice cream was the perfect fresh palette cleanser to finish off our meals.

If you’re looking for somewhere to treat yourself, feel like one of the family and enjoy delicious food, book a table at Bureta Bar and Eatery.

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