Shed 22, Princes Wharf, Auckland
What a location! This waterfront restaurant is situated on Princes Wharf right in the heart of Auckland city. We were greeted by an exceptionally friendly waiter and shown to our seats which were outside just meters away from the water. It was a hot day and umbrellas protected us. The vibe was formal yet somewhat relaxed, and we had plenty of space around our table. The outside tables are perfect for enjoying a fine meal, and even better for people watching! Initial impressions were impressive.
A meat lover’s dream ….. Seafood, red and white meat featured heavily on the euro dinner menu! Meats featured included oysters, fish, scampi, octopus, scallops, duck, pork, chicken, lamb and various cuts of beef… and that’s not listing everything! For dinner there is also the option of a 5-course degustation menu (chef’s choice) which is charged at $98pp. There was a separate menu for vegetarians comprising a garden section, and a market section. The beverage menu was extensive, and our waiter was a vocal wine enthusiast who very much guided us on which wines would complement the food we had chosen. We didn’t think the desert menu was extensive however dishes listed really did tickle our taste buds! Valrohna chocolate terrine…..whipped hazelnut panna cotta…. Have we got your attention yet?
We couldn’t go past the bluff oysters and ordered a dozen of them. They lived up to expectations of course – so sweet and flavoursome. We followed the oysters with the hand cut pappardelle with banana prawns and crab, and the torched scallops with green curry, granny smith apples and toasted peanuts. Whilst the scallops were delicious, the pappardelle was the stand out and went perfectly with the Chenin Blanc wine we ordered. We followed our entrees with the Wakanui grain finished scotch fillet (300g), Agria potato puree and slender stem broccoli. A peppercorn sauce accompanied our meat and whilst satisfying, it wasn’t the best cut of meat we’ve eaten. There was quite a bit of marbling and whilst this does add favour, it also made the cut quite chewy. The summer berry pavlova was the perfect end to our meal, complimented by a glass of the Chapoutier muscat.
A filling, flavoursome and expensive meal! The bluff oysters, entrees and wines were definitely the standout for us. There is no doubt patrons are paying for quality produce and a sensational location – euro is a great place to treat yourself on a sunny day/ evening! And if that sun does greet you and it’s not too cold, be sure to request a waterfront table. We’re confident you won’t be disappointed.