Ika Mata

Awarded by Tracy Berno
I have lived and worked in the Pacific for over 30 years. I've researched Pacific food; I've written books on it. The ika mata at Homeland is hands down my favourite ika mata out there. Not only is beautiful to behold, it is delicious, with amazing textures and colours; it places our Pacific heritage and culture literally in the centre of the plate. The inclusion of unexpected elements such as the curry leaf oil and chilli ginger jelly are evocative of Auckland's multiculturalism and unique and sophisticated food scene. Whenever I have out of town/country guests, I always take them to Homeland and I always order (at least one) ika mata for them to try. It's everything that Auckland is, on a plate. I can't imagine a dish that better represents our beautiful city.