Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre,
63 Westney Road,
(09) 275 4100
The ViewAuckland Review
Located inside the Jet Park Airport Hotel and Conference Centre hotel lobby, Te Maroro doesn’t exactly attract a lot of foot traffic off the street, but don’t let that put you off giving the restaurant a chance if you passing by, or indeed staying at the four star hotel and conference.
Te Maroro is the Maori word for flying fish and was selected to complement fish sculptures on display in the restaurant area by Kiwi artist, Rex Homan. It’s also appropriate as many of the diners are guests at the hotel and either flying out shortly or have just flown in.
The kitchen is led by executive chef Nancye Pirini-Tuisaula who creates a seasonal menu which has won culinary awards including the NZ Restaurant of the Year at the recent NZ Culinary Fare 2011. The food is well balanced by a wide selection of local and international wines and each starter, entree, main and dessert comes with a wine or beer recommendation.
Because of Te Maroro’s proximity to the hotel and conference centre, the restaurant is more than adequate in size with a capacity to feed over 100 diners, but despite the owner’s best efforts to create a fine dining experience, it does feel like you are eating at a hotel and conference centre.
Sitting near us was a young travelling family who carried their children asleep in their arms back to their hotel room for what I presume was going to be an early start and flight back home the following morning. A business pack of three soon sauntered in, each with a different accent to the one who spoke before and each dissecting the days presentation and/ or meeting.
Regardless of those around us and being ask our room number upon arrival, my partner and I enjoyed a pleasant evening with food meeting expectations. We were greeted by young smiling well groomed staff who were knowledgeable about their surrounds and the menu on offer. Our wine advisor, Hayley, was equally as intuitive and appeared in her element as she floated from table to table offering advice and a joke when needed.
My partner and I were both in the mood for hearty meals and rejoiced when we read the menu. I immediately settled on the walnut ricotta ravioli ($25) and recommended glass of Goldwater pinot noir ($11), while my partner, after tossing up between fresh market fish of the day ($25) and roast (lamb) of the day (also $25), ordered the roast lamb.
Upon arrival and first taste our meals lived up to our hearty expectations and with good size servings easily filled the gap left since lunch several hours earlier. The lamb was lean accompanied with seasonal vegetables and mint jelly sauce, while the ravioli was lavished with rich tomato sauce which I had trouble finishing.
All in all Te Maroro serves it’s purpose of being a pleasurable dining experience for guests, while also offering locals an nice easy option when the nightly chore of cooking loses it’s appeal. Te Maroro probably lacks a little bit of flare compared to the more talked about restaurants in the CBD, but it fills a gap in the market of decent and reliable restaurants in the outer suburbs.
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