The location proved to be somewhat of a challenge. It needed to be somewhere that accommodated the food whims of three generations. A kids menu was a must (or so we thought). Somewhere none of us had eaten recently. A view would be good too. Oh and great atmosphere – not too noisy but heaven forbid if we were the only people there for Saturday lunch! After all, it was a milestone celebration.
The day dawned grey and gusty. The weatherman’s prediction of twenty knot winds put an end to taking the scenic route, a ferry from Half Moon Bay – a seven seater would have to do.
Dining alfresco on a nippy spring day was rather risky. Dappled sunlight, tiny purple and white flowers burst from hanging baskets and the promise of a heated terrace with a view over the Viaduct Harbour – Soul Bar, was the perfect location for my Mum’s 70th birthday celebration.
The terrace buzzed with laughter and chat. Tables with plenty of space; groups of friends, families and the odd tourist or two shared the wide open deck. The place hummed like a well oiled machine. The service was faultless; the food absolutely delicious.
And as for the kids menu – my eleven year old niece wasn’t interested. My Mum was convinced to order pork belly (one of Mum’s favourite dishes) then my niece ordered an entree sized salt and pepper calamari so they could share. And so they did, including a crumbed black pudding which she declared rather tasty.
When it came to sweets, she perused the dessert menu. A coconut creme brulee with pineapple confit, banana marshmallow and passionfruit sorbet was decided upon. It was a delight to watch her taste and comment on the individual components – a real little foodie in our midst.
At the heart of The Foodie Inc is a love of sharing fabulous places to eat, drink and explore in New Zealand. Some places may be new, others more established. Soul Bar may have opened in 2000 but one thing’s for sure it deserves to be shared. Now all we need is an excuse to go back.