Cazador platter for two

Really. It was delicious. Anything is delicious when it is fried. Like tarantula. But this was really good.

The Kiwi and I live down the street from a game restaurant called Cazador, one of the top 50 restaurants in Auckland. I’ve passed by a few times when the place had its chalkboard sign out advertising its cozy bar, NZ beer on tap and happy hour.

I like three out of three things there, and so does the Kiwi. And two sets of people have provided good reviews; one of which drives in from the North Shore [aka driving across town] to visit.

We went in on a Saturday night for cozy bar, beer and mulled wine that was fruity without being too sweet. This is when I realized mulled wine doesn’t need cups of sugar, as if I was making sweet tea. Oops. Apologies for anyone who’s had my hot mulled sugar wine.

We walked out post-drinks with all sorts of game in our bellies. Take a look at this platter here.

Cazador's tasting platter for two.

We got (clockwise from top left):

-Hummus and babaghanoosh with assorted breads
-Wild boar terrine with mustard and pickles
-Venison salami
-Pate
-Fried lamb tongues. I swear, these were delicious with the sauce that tasted like mozzarella stick dipping sauce.
-In the middle, chicken hearts with bacon and parsley.

I reached my personal threshold on pate and chicken hearts – nice, but not for me. No fault of the restaurant’s – the entire platter was returned empty.

This little neighborhood spot, which is actually a destination restaurant, makes evident to me how there are little gems in any suburb in Auckland. Which means any time you go out and explore, you can find something that makes that suburb a destination.

Mmm. Lamb tongue. Carnivores, would you eat lamb tongue? Tell me in the comments.