It has been awhile since my visit to Parnell. I think my last visit was like a month ago or more. Been running around Queen Street and Newmarket for that one month. Finally last Sunday, we were back again to Parnell for food.
Initially we wanted to go to Tribeca at Parnell too, but unfortunately Tribeca wasn't open on Sunday. Therefore, we adjourned to Iguacu Restaurant & Bar. (Iguacu being pronounced as Ig-wa-soo, named after the Iguacu falls on the Argentina/Brazil border.)
Before we entered, we saw this signboard indicating that bluff oysters are being served. Bluff oysters had been in the season since March, and my partner had been mentioning it since that he will bring me to a restaurant to try out the delicious bluff oysters. Finally, I managed to taste it in Iguacu.
Hence, for a start, we ordered half dozen of fresh bluff oysters. The looks of bluff oysters are different as compared to the pacific oysters. The bluff oysters texture are not as thick and fleshy as compared to pacific oysters. I personally find that bluff oysters is far more superior than pacific oysters after tasted it, and it had climb up to be my favourite type of oysters.
Bluff oysters are only available in New Zealand. It is only available in the market from the month of March until August, and it is highly coveted among the kiwis. It is being harvested from the Foveaux Strait oyster fishery around the town of Bluff (hence the local name).
As for entree, we ordered a mushroom parfait served with red onion jam and toasted walnut bread. This entree is so yummy.The mushroom parfait blends so well with the red onion jam. You can taste the sweetness from the red onion jam that goes well with the savoury mushroom parfait. Thumbs up!
Then, it's time for the mains to be served. As we were there for our brunch, we ordered one main from the brunch menu and another from their all time menu.
I had chosen to try their Iguacu Big Breakfast, whereby there's 2 streaky bacon, two eggs, breakfast sausages, grilled tomatoes, mushroom, rustic hash, and chunky ciabatta. As for the two eggs, you have a choice on how you want your egg to be. I had chosen the scrambled egg for my big breakfast. The serving portion was big to us, therefore, we shared this big breakfast among 3 of us.
Of course one main would not be able to satisfy 3 hungry tummy. Therefore, the second main ordered was the Big Eye Tuna which was being char-grilled rare, on buttered baby potatoes and summer greens, with pistachio, fresh orange and lemon oil. There's an egg being served with this main and as well, you can choose how you want it to be. For this main, my partner's mother had chosen the poached egg.
It was a wonderful dining experience in Iguacu Restaurant & Bar with the cosy and warmth ambiance.
Iguacu Restaurant & Bar
269 Parnell Road,
Phone: 09 358 4804