Urban Pantry has been a Manuka staple for a long while now. It's a casual dining spot near the Manuka lawns, and always seems to be packed when weekend brunch time comes around.
Recently, they have had a restaurant and menu revamp, with many new dishes added to the fold. I've only ever been for breakfast/lunch, so during my latest visit, I take the opportunity to try out the dinner menu.
The lychee lush is a refreshing fizzy drink with lychee, cucumber and mint.
There's no sight of thousand island dressing or tacky martini glass serving ware when it comes to the prawn cocktail at Urban Pantry - their version is served with sweet heirloom tomatoes, avocado, baby cos lettuce, green apple and saffron curd. A lovely and light dish that is perfect for eating in warmer weather.
The seafood lasagne was served in a open style, and was deliciously creamy. Chunks of sand lobster, Crystal Bay prawns, barramundi was covered by a fragrant sauce of custacean butter, saffron and concasse tomato.
Lychee Eton mess
The dessert was also a summery one, with lychee mint granita, coconut cream chiboust, toasted marshmallow and pineapple. The tropical flavours of pineapple and coconut always go so perfectly together, however, the subtle lychee flavour was lost in this dish.