One night in Greytown!

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I usually visit Greytown a few times a year and as soon as I arrive, I’m filled with a sense of calm. An obligatory stop was made again at 2 short whites eatery and preservatory. It’s situated in a newly developed area at 76 Main Street Greytown. The location is dangerous though, as it’s near the most gorgeous boutique Deluxe, so then suddenly my lunch becomes costly.You can either sit outside or inside in the spacious interior. The cabinet is full of the most delectable slices, as well as delicious-looking cheese scones. You can also buy a gourmet GF DF 70% liver dog biccie for your fur child! Woof woof. They bake their own fresh grain bread and the loaves are stacked on the counter, ready for purchase. For a GF loaf, you need to order in advance.  They also sell lovely jars of preserves.

The menu is extensive offering light options; fries, boiled egg and soldiers (love it), grilled cheese bacon buttie, panko buttermilk chicken or big bad sammies ready to go. Brunch/Lunch options are; granola, omelette, pancakes, hot cider baked ham and eggs, poached eggs, mac and cheese, Caesar salad, Cornish pasty, kumara & quinoa fritters, risotto and a weekender big brekkie. Such a wide range.  My grilled pear and halloumi salad was divine and initially looked like an egg and bacon muffin which slowly collapsed and unfolded delicately before my eyes.

They had a large selection of drinks to choose from, including vino.I finished with a latte which was served with the cutest wee glass of sparkly water. It was quite strong though as they use Gravity coffee. I’m not  a fan but it didn’t matter as I was like a pig in mud, lapping up some rays, given summer has been missing in action. I popped back later for a raspberry gelato and just about fell over when I saw they served them in matcha green tea waffle cones. I was so impressed.

Service was very friendly and efficient.  You could see chefs pouring their love into the food prep in the open kitchen. I will definitely return again and again, as this place just oozes class, great food and location.

Before I shoot off I just have to tell you about the BYO 6 course degustation dinner we had from personal chef Ant North . This was a prize won by hubby’s golf team. Ant has his catering premises in Featherston next to the cheese shop and extends his service to Wellington. You eat at his or yours. He is an ex chef of Wharekauhau Lodge and boy does he know his kai.

It was bliss being able to eat outdoors at our friend’s house in Greytown. It felt like we were in France.  Ant set the table in advance and I proactively added a floral arrangement. He brought out course after course with swift precision. We started with a shot of chilled gazpacho which was so delightfully refreshing, followed by garlic prawns with a Cajun spice tomato sauce and a slice of crunchy sourdough to mop up the juices. Then the duck and watermelon salad with pomegranate dressing which was absolutely divine. Ant snuck in a surprise course for us to hubby’s delight; Asian Beef dim sum with garlic, soy, pickled veges and salad. Scrumptious. There was then a wee break which was well needed. It followed with a stunning fillet of beef with confit potato, smoked beets, cherries and parkvale mushrooms. Dessert had hubby in heaven again; Schoc chocolate mousee, with baileys and choc soil served in this gorgeous wee mason jar.

I would hire Ant in a flash as it’s such a nice thing to treat others for a special occasion, or you can buy a voucher for those peeps that have everything. And he left the kitchen spotless and we didn’t lift a finger.

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