VANESSA LAURIE / Tips
State Bistro is first included in Cuisine Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants in New Zealand after opening this year alone. Pictured is co-owner Carl Maunder.
Three New Plymouth restaurants are on the list of the world’s top 100 food and wine magazines, and one restaurateur says it shows Taranaki “can play ball with the grown-ups.”
Social Kitchen, Meat & Liquor and State Bistro have all been placed on Cooking magazines listing.
State Bistro in Gover St opened earlier this year, and being on the list was one of its goals.
“It was pretty exciting,” said co-owner and chef Carl Maunder.
“We definitely came to New Plymouth with the intention of getting national recognition so that was really good.”
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Maunder discovered that the restaurant had been on a friend’s list and was taken by surprise.
“A friend texted me to congratulate me, and I thought, ‘What is this? What do you know that I don’t know? Surely we are not going to have another baby? he joked.
Another newbie on the list was Meat & Liquor Steakhouse, at Egmont St, owned by Lara Toyne and Cohen Baird.
Toyne said she was extremely proud and thrilled with the team and chef Robert Isbister.
“All three companies should be very proud to sit among some pretty exceptional restaurants across New Zealand.”
This was not the first time Powderham St’s Social Kitchen has been on the list, but co-owner Blair Clement said it shows the level of training they have made available to their staff is paying off.
He was also happy to share the list with two other Taranaki establishments.
“Definitely a nice little Christmas present for us.
“It shows that we’re not just a regional area anymore, we can play ball with the big guys right now and the caliber of staff we have in New Plymouth is much higher than people expect. “