The road to Matakana on the weekends can be incredibly packed with people and traffic because of the popular Farmer’s Market. We headed to Plume a little later in the afternoon to avoid the rush (about an hours drive from Auckland) and it was bliss. Stepping out of the car the first and most noticeable thing was just how peaceful and quiet it was. It was simply music to the ears.
Fish of the day ($34) was kingfish with cauliflower puree and clams. Clams were incredibly fresh and juicy and the puree was delicious. I loved the passionfruit and mango cheesecake ($14), super creamy and perfectly paired with some tangy sauce. The creme brulee ($14) was slightly too eggy for me. Service was excellent, attentive and not overbearing at all. Decor is not as glam as wineries like Mudbrick and Cable Bay. Plume is definitely a great place to go for a small day trip and to get away from the city noise. After lunch you can also drive to the beautiful Omaha Beach for a walk! Plume also have a cafe in Matakana Village.
Plume Restaurant (closed Sundays)
79 Sharp Road, RD2, Warkworth