My sister and I decided to go for a lunch and this place was suggested...We arrived and it looked fairly busy with most of the tables being used and a lady called out she would be with us shortly. Another couple of girls came out to the counter looked at us and disappeared again! We were asked if we had booked and when we said no was told we couldn't sit outside unless we had a picnic table...fine it was a lovely sunny day and we were happy with this. We studied the menu and they all seemed to be full meals and neither of us felt like that so settled on the shared platter for $48. Eventually our drinks and our lunch arrived and I have to admit it was a bit of a disappointment. The platter consisted of a small bowl of basil pesto, about two (and I'm being generous) tablespoons of a salmon mixture which I am sure was tinned salmon mayonnaise and capers, a single gherkin cut in half, half a dozen olives, two slices of pancetta, salami and beef each, a small dollop of hummus, a small chunk of three different cheeses and two deep fried prawn things each which could have been from the frozen department in the supermarket...oh and some ciabatta bread. It was OK and to be fair filling but also we weren't hungry hungry to start with. I just don't think it was worth $48 and I don't think it was terribly exciting. The service was cursory and at times we felt ignored...would I go back? No there are a lot of other places in the area that I feel I will try. Oh and a word of advice...I don't smoke but my sister does and was advised to please move away from where we were sitting since the smoke was blowing into the marquee...that's fine no problem but don't put ashtrays there and when she asked for an ashtray it was pointed out to her.
Came here twice over the long weekend- first time lunch on Friday and secondly lunch on Sunday. Had a tasting first time with James who was great at explaining each variety.Had the pork and lamb for lunch- just beautiful presentation and flavors. Then shared a cheeseboard which had three decent portions of blue,Gouda and brie. The front of house is just excellent at making sure everyone is attended to. We came back on Sunday for the roast which was chicken with rum and raisin stuffing, served with a good old English style sausage wrapped in bacon and a selection of roast vegetables and a lovely gravy! We will be back again
I heard good reviews from a local regarding Ake Ake and was fortunate to be invited to a private function at this picturesque location in Kerikeri. We arrived at midday and were warmly welcomed by the lady owner in the wine tasting reception area. The restaurant area was situated over a low decking with marquee overlooking the grapevines. Our entrée comprised of lobster, oysters, prawns, and salmon, beautifully flavoured and presented. We had lamb loin as our main, perla potatoes and fresh vegetables cooked al dente, perfectly done. The staff came around with extra jus in jugs for the lamb. A choice of desserts were offered and I settled on the choc orange dessert mousse. I can say I really enjoyed this experience as we were talking about the calibre of food, the flavours and presentation. The wait staff were professional and attentative . I will gladly recommend this establishment to other fellow travellers to Northland. Well done Ake Ake for providing a high standard of presentation and flavours.
Booked for dinner on a Monday night which proved unnecessary as there was only one other couple dining. Chose to sit out on the deck area and watch the chooks under the vines. Water was delivered promptly along with the menus by a nice young waitress who told us the specials and took our order for a bottle of wine. We chose a bottle of their Chambourcin which we thought was a white(as there was no description on the wine list) but turned out to be a red. Though unexpected, it turned out to be a good choice.
We ordered a seafood platter for two for entree. Before that arrived the waitress turned up at our table with two little squares of toasted ciabatta with smoked chicken and pineapple on it. She said that the chef called it an "amuse booch" and that it was a palate cleanser to prepare our taste buds for the meal to come. Nice gesture but an amuse it wasn't. More like a canape, and not really something to precede a seafood platter. The seafood platter was the star of the meal for me. The oysters (no the waitress didn't know where they came from, actually she knew very little about the menu or the wine list, I suspect a holiday job.)were beautiful, fresh and plump. Prawn tails in panko crumbs were yum. The squid in a tomato, onion vinagrette was lovely. So were the mussels and the smoked fish that I think was kingfish (the waitress didn't know). The platter came with a aoli, a smoked salmon pate and a whole little warm loaf of ciabatta. Very nice.
When the waitress cleared our plates she said the mains would soon follow, even though I said please don't rush they turned up within minutes. My partner had the venison and I had the pork fillet. The venison was the standout. Perfectly cooked with lovely dauphine potatoes and fresh asparagus and courgette and a divine jus.
My pork was unfortunatly dry but the mild curry sauce helped this. The two spring rolls were yum with a good chilli hit to them and the greens were perfectly crunchy.
By this time we were seriously bloated but still forced in a dessert to share along with a lemoncillo and a dessert wine. This is when the acoustics of the kitchen came into play(they really need to have some mood music to cover it) We heard the chef grumble about only one dessert. We could also hear them talking through out service. Our order of creme brulee with poached pears was nice enough though the brulee was perfectly flamed on top it was very runny underneath. The poached pears were yum but there wasn't enough. I did notice the other table had the same dessert and had a lot more pear.
All in all a nice evening, beautiful wine. But we did feel rushed as there was little time between courses and the service could be upskilled, just some basic menu knowledge and maybe some music to deal with the kitchen acoustics.
Would recommend and will return.
Tried to come for lunch on Thursday at 2pm and were told there was no more food service as the kitchen was closed. Came for lunch on Friday and found a welcoming place with spectacular views over the vines. We were seated and watered and had a wine tasting and decided the pinot gris was the way to go. We asked if we could have the kikorangi blue twice cooked souffle to share as a starter( it is on the dinner menu) and the chef kindly obliged- what a taste sensation 10/10 for sure. Then I took the groper pan fried and served ontop of garlic mash and wilted greens- there was a lovely lemon jus around the fish. My partner had the special which was pork fillet with citrus dressing and declared it to be excellent.We shared a cheeses board but the cheeses were well past use by date- the accompanying apricoy chutney was to die for. A great vineyard lunch
My husband and I went to Ake Ake for lunch on a saturday in April. The enviornment and food was really good. my husband had the steak with hand cut chips and I had the chargrilled vegetable salad. The salad was beautiful and had the most stunning dressing. Would love the recipe!! husband enjoyed his steak. We shared the trio and desserts and the lemon tart was the stand out. It was soo good we wished we could have ordered it seperately. The only slight let down was the service. The girl that served us was pleasent but did not interact a lot with us and it took a while to get a top up on our water. We will be back though!
Visited here during our recent holiday up North for lunch. This place is fantastic. We started with a tasting and I was introduced to the joys of Chambourcin. I have a reasonable interest in wine but this was the first time that I have come across this varietal and was very impressed. Both the tasting room and restaurant are very well appointed - nice furniture and atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor dining options. Onto the food which was absolutely fantastic. My wife had the Vineyard Platter which consisted of Cured Meats & Sausage, Course Country Terrine, Mahoe Cheeses, Smoked Fish, Preserves, Fresh Breads & Olive Oil while I went for the Sirloin Steak which was accompanied with Home-Made Chunky Chips, Smoked Mushroom Butter, Merlot Jus. The steak was cooked to perfection the homemade fries were genuinely home made perfectly cooked and all cut the exact same size and stacked in a box shape - a very nice touch. The smoked mushroom butter was also excellent. At a mere $28 dollars this represented excellent value and the quality and presentation was right up there with many 5 star restaurants in the major cities. I was so impressed with the mains that I had to try the desserts (purely for the purposes of research of course) - I selected the Trio of Mini Desserts which was a Lemon Tartlet, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Fruit Sorbet - again this was fantastic and great value at $12 - needless to say this ended up being shared. The service was also great. In summary this is a fantastic restaurant and a real asset to Kerikeri my compliments to the chef and the whole team at Ake Ake - we will definitely be visiting next time we are up that way its just unfortunate that we are not closer or would be regulars !! I would highly recommend this to anyone.
We came here for my partners birthday. We started with the wine tasting was a treat. The only thing that annoyed me a bit was that the wine maker poured the new wine i was about to taste into the unfinished glass of my last wine. I didnt say anything but i sorta wish I had. I didnt think mixing two wines was how one was supposed to showcase the flavours.
The food was great, excellent even. I had a delish salmon dish and my partner a chickeny thing. We really enjoyed our overall experience and would come here agin
The setting was good, unfortunately there was not a good choice of food, but what there was, was good. The service was friendly but not outstanding, considering that there were not many in the restaurant at the time. Overall I thought it was a bit pricey.
Our second round at Ake Ake for a lunch and it was just as good as the first. Smoked salmon on a hummus(loved the toasted cumin through the hummus)and greek salad bed. Lots of artichoke hearts and tomato. Very light and fresh. The meal was washed down by a nice bottle of their 'wild rose'called so because of wild yeast fermetation. Very nice but has a bit of a kick.
Will be back.
We had dinner at this restaurant and also free wine tasting before the dinner - it was free as we had dinner there. The environment of the restaurant was nice and cozy - had wood fire. Also it had excellent customer services.
We had potato and leek soup and breads with dips for entre, and beef eye fillet and chicken breast for main couses.
The potato and leek soup was taste good but potato paste was a bit rough in the mouth - not soften enough. Breads with dips was average, but the olives were very good - rich in flavour, and not too salty. The main courses were ok - each individual of food item in the main courses was extraordinary but with the sources on the dishes they were aweful. Beef eye fillet was huge in size and very tasty. It was perfectly cooked as I ordered welldone-medium. However it tasted aweful with the salsa source which was for the eye fillet - they were not matching together. I had it with pepper - it was the best pepper i ever had! Chicken breast was beautifully cooked, & nicely presented. The outer of chicken breast was crispy and inside was not too dry but tender - the runny source made the chicken breast moisten. But with the ratatouille kinda side food was too salty and I even didn't get it why the cheese was on almost every layer. It was shame that the menu did not have matching wines for the foods.
This restaurant was recommended to us by some friends and we couldn't have picked a nicer time of year during the Autumn to enjoy its ambient, restful charm - such a change from the hustle and bustle of Auckland - and a cosy fire added to the atmosphere.
We can commend the chef (who we later found out has previously worked at some very exclusive lodges around the country, including Blanket Bay) particularly for preparation and presentation of his meatdishes - both the lamb and beef we found very good.
There appears to be a very big selection of wines on offer, which is rare to find in Northland, as well as wine-maker/owner John's own vintages. He has a large planting of Chambourcin grapes and we found the red wine he produces from this a good accompaniment to the meals we had. We also did a little wine-tasting (he does this for free on request) prior to the meal, and can also recomment his Chardonnay.
I love the long lunch, especially when it includes a very nice wine. Ake Ake is on the button for this event. Our meal of smoked salmon served on spring onion pancake with spinach, rocket and ribbon cucumber salad paired with their 06 chardonnay was in a word - yum. Coffee was excellent.
The grounds overlooking the vines are quite nice (but the gardens could do with a weed) and if you like planes you're in for a treat as the vineyard appears to be in the flight path for landing at Keri airport.
The only down point was after we were seated and given the menus the waiter (whom I suspect is also the winemaker) didn't return until I went to find him a good 15 mins later, and that was only because our umbrella had blown away taking out a couple of chairs. He had been caught up in a conversation in the cellar with a customer. Recommended