For the last 15 years Devonport’s Manuka Restaurant has been a familiar sight, sitting proud and comfortable in its beautiful heritage building, on the corner of Clarence Street and Victoria Road. It’s in the last four years however, since new owners Simon and Anthony took over, that Manuka has fully come into its own.
Still serving the traditional wood fired pizzas that have long been a Devonport favourite, owners Anthony and Simon have expanded and refined the menu to give a more eclectic, broader Mediterranean offering in the set menu – while the regularly updated specials menus offer an even greater
“The wood fired pizzas are a huge part of Manuka, but with our co-owners Jane and Quan running the kitchen, we’ve been able to develop some really special dinner and lunch menus,” says Anthony.
Jane and Quan add their Vietnamese flair to give those special menus a taste of the traditional, mixed in with a little something different.
The current dinner specials are ripe for winter and consist of great comfort food – bangers and mash, beef stew with dumplings, or even a beautiful, must-try, Vietnamese pork belly hot pot!
Speaking of the lunch specials, Simon says the braised half duck with kumara mash and red cabbage is phenomenal – and one of the most popular dishes for the Manuka regulars.
To complete your meal, or even for a midday treat, there is a large selection of cakes, slices and cookies all baked fresh – on site.
As well as expanding the menu, keen observers will have noticed the Restaurant has recently expanded to take over the next-door premises, effectively doubling its capacity and creating a cosy, wine bar-like atmosphere amongst the rustic charm of the exposed brick work and wooden floors.
“It’s only been open a couple of weeks, but already it’s proven to be exactly what we always hoped for – even better in fact, and the response from customers has been hugely positive,” says Simon. “It feels like a really good comfortable wine bar or bistro where you can come and while away the hours and it gives a totally new dynamic to the restaurant. Everyone is really happy with it.”
The restaurant also serves the gold medal winning Mata Beer, produced by a small family run micro brewery in the central North Island – as well as an impressive wine list fit to compliment any order.
In the end it is a mix of great things all working together, that makes a great spot for a drink or a meal – the position, the lovely old heritage building it occupies, the laid back, relaxed atmosphere and fun staff who are always up for a banter, and of course – good food and wine to compliment.
Open 7 days.- breakfast, lunch & dinner.
49 Victoria rd, Devonport.
PH: (09) 445 7732