Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Officers Mess @ Fort Takapuna

We have been Jeremy Schmid's fans for over 10 years since his days as a young chef at Palazzo Roma in Drury. Then he entered into Hell's Kitchen competition on TV and would have won has he not withdrawn from the show due to work commitment. We loved his Creme Brulee pretty much back then.

He had opened Two-Fifteen, his own brasserie in Mt Eden after a stint as Executive Chef for Orbit at Sky City a few years later.. We had frequented his place and enjoyed his small plates especially his chacuterie plate with bread and smoked butter. Then he sold this brasserie more than a year ago and the place and the food has never been that good.

He has moved on to his new venture at The Officers Mess in Devonport. This is not quite a restaurant as such but a venue for functions which he has told us renders more revenue and with much less headaches. It's open for dinner only on Thursday nights and the main reason is that people can come and taste his food and wine before deciding for the functions or his die-hard fans like ourselves can still enjoy his crafts. The menu, which is changed every week, is small and the venue is more intimate - only a few tables and of course, reservation is very essential. He also opens the door on Sundays for brunch - a couple hundred covers every Sunday cannot be that bad!

It's quite a mission for us to travel to the Shore - there were 2 accidents on motorway last Thursday evening and it took us well over an hour to get there. It's worth it. I had my usual Flash Fried Squids and shared fish on pumpkin bed for main, and Creme Brulee for pudding with Bob. We still love his Creme Brulee after all these years.

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