Waiheke Island is a must to visit for those coming to Auckland/ New Zealand. Only a 35 minute ferry trip away to this island paradise. With glorious white sand beaches and many vineyards perfect for long lunches, it holds a special place in my heart.
Tantalus Estate was on my list to visit when I was back home. I have been to pretty much all the other vineyards on Waiheke except Tantalus as it only opened in September. I had heard mixed reviews so was keen to try it out for myself!
Tantalus is a working vineyard so they grow their own grapes to make into their wine and also are producing their own beer as well (you can see the tanks from inside the restaurant).
Tantalus doesn’t have a sea view like some of the others on the island so you don’t get the “wow” moment driving up, however they have done extremely well to create that when you enter inside. The interior is beautiful, light and airy. A welcoming place that also looks modern and on trend. They have these fantastic light features, with the bulbs at the end of twigs. It must look magical at night.
We were luckily to visit on a Monday so it was fairly empty and could choose where to sit. We choose on the balcony with a gorgeous view of the gardens and rows of vines. They were currently picking so fun to watch the pickers go up and down while we ate.
The menu is diverse which is great, I find so many restaurants these days are very similar to each other which is it a bit boring! Between us we tried:
Dry Aged Angus Beef Tataki
90 Degree Steamed Tiger Prawns
Cambridge Duck Breast
Coffee Rubbed Pork Shoulder
70% Dark Chocolate Crémeux
Accompanied by a bottle of the Tantalus Rosè – perfect for a very sunny day!
I have to say everything was fantastic, beautifully presented and tasty! We were very full after but managed to find a little bit of room for dessert.
Despite mixed reviews heard previous, I found everything at Tantalus Estate to be excellent and would highly recommend. Our experience was particularly made by having a fantastic waiter from Scotland. His service was impeccable with a friendly manner.
If you are visiting Waiheke – add it to your list. Also don’t forget to check out the bathroom (I will leave you in suspense as to why).