[ Interview by Anita Kerr ]
[ Photographs by Joshua Duncan ]
Gustav’s wine bar is a haven for wine lovers with one of the largest wine lists in NZ.
This is a beautiful place. Warm light streams in here on a spring’s day and is absorbed into the woodwork creating a glow reminiscent of a Rossetti painting. The Arts and Crafts era has been captured here, with decorative fine-arts detailing in Gustav’s branding through to the rich wooden furniture and wall panelling, all complemented by the old favourite William Morris patterned wallpaper reminiscent of those romantic days.
The food (not to mention the wine list) is to be relished. The satiating menu will satisfy a hungry mouth after hours wandering the delights of the boutique shopping centre; Gustav’s home in the Tannery.
The stunning menu boasts an atmosphere of heavenly-delight cuisine, beginning with rich Mediterranean farmhouse-style platters. Start with the breads at $8 or go large with this beauty – ‘Woolston market Charcuterie, prosciutto, salami, leg ham, pickles, farmhouse brie, roasted vegetables, olives, cornichons and sourdough’ – for $30.
Ready for a meal with substance? Delve into a winter market vegetable soup for $12.50, followed by an Open Danish Sandwich or, if that is not hearty enough, try the Wild New Zealand Rabbit burgers for $18, or for dinner, slow-cooked pork loin for $29. Alternatively, try the sauteed farmed and wild mushrooms, or the Succotash with potato wedges for $22.
And if the menu doesn’t tickle your fancy, Gustav’s hosts events like the RDU pub quizzes, live music and album launches. They have Cassels and Son’s beer on tap, but also boast one of the largest wine lists in New Zealand – what more could you ask for?