Plume is a must-try Matakana winery restaurant in 2023. Surrounded by rolling hills, rustic vines and breathtaking sunsets, this hidden gem offers a unique blend of contemporary cuisine and rustic charm that will leave you wanting more. Here are 5 reasons why Plume should be at the top of your list for your next meal out.


1. Location

Plume Restaurant is situated in a prime location in Matakana, next to their very own vineyard and overlooking the Tamahunga Range. Only an hour’s drive from Auckland, dining at Plume is a perfect way to enjoy a hot summer’s day or balmy evening, whether you choose to sit indoors or outdoors. The restaurant offers a great selection of their own Runner Duck wines, as well as other wines, beers, craft beers, and spirits, all expertly curated by the Maitre D’ and his locally employed staff. Make the most of your visit to Plume by experiencing all Matakana has to offer, visiting the bustling farmers market on Saturday, local shops, art galleries, sculpture walks, Morris & James pottery, beautiful Omaha beach and more.

Plume Restaurant Matakana - outdoor seating & garden view

2. New menu

Plume’s new menu offers a truly immersive dining experience. The restaurant prides itself on its food philosophy, which is centered around using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are both delicious and visually stunning. Chef sources only the best of meats, duck and award-winning cheeses from the South Island and the best fish available. One of the most exciting things about Plume’s new menu is how it’s been designed to work. Rather than offering a traditional set menu, the restaurant has opted for a more flexible approach. Diners are able to choose from a variety of small plates, mains, and desserts, allowing them to customize their meal to suit their taste and appetite. Chef recommends a 5-course experience to be fully satisfied and to “truly taste the quality of the menu” – he says: “If it were me at the table, I’d have the Volcanic Ciabatta to start, followed the salmon entrée, the duck or lamb main plus any side and the lemon tart for dessert!” Plume’s front of house staff are all well versed in helping you choose the best wine pairing for each dish as well.


Small plate selection from Plume Restaurant’s new menu


3. Element of surprise

Expect the unexpected when dining at Plume such as the vegan tuna which is actually aged watermelon, or beetroot tartare which has been aged and will give the sense of chewiness – similar to that of beef. Plume’s menu will evolve with the seasons, and guests can expect to be surprised every time they visit with new items on the menu.Chef is constantly experimenting with new flavors and techniques, ensuring that diners have a unique and memorable experience. Although he loves creating all the dishes on the menu (and eating them too!), he says he is more partial to the lamb main: “When the dish is put in front of you, you may not know what you’re looking at but as soon as you have the first bite you’ll realise all of the different ingredients in it”.


4. Celebrate in style

Plume is the perfect venue for your next event. Whether it’s a corporate function, a family celebration such as a birthday or anniversary or a dreamy Matakana wedding, they’ll ensure your special occasion is one to remember. Plume is extremely experienced having hosted 500+ successful events and can accommodate groups of all sizes. The team can create a set menu tailored to your specific needs and tastes. This March, Plume will work with NZ Beef & Lamb to host a special degustation dinner – make sure to keep an eye out on their socials for more details in order to make a night of it!

Plume Restaurant is a must-try for all foodies in 2023 and one of the best restaurants in Matakana for a reason. With its unique menu, idyllic location and new culinary genius, Plume is set to offer an unforgettable experience – whether for small intimate gatherings and celebrations or large events. Make it your next taste destination, book your table or event today and experience the magic of Plume.