My darling husband took me to dinner at Dine in the Grand Hotel, Auckland, for my birthday in March. We had the 6-course degustation menu - what a treat. First time we've been out to dinner since Tui was born 11 months ago. I'm not reviewing the food, it was all excellent and highly recommended. I requested a vegetarian and fish menu and Justin had the meaty plates. Sorry, the snaps don't do the food justice - you'll just have to go and experience it yourself!

Heritage tomatoes and Clevedon Valley buffalo mozzarella with tomato jelly, basil & rocket salad and parmesan crisp

Nelson scallop & prawn open ravioli with prawn biaque, shaved fennel salad, fennel puree, lotus root crisps

Prawn and panko crusted hapuka with wok greens, wood ear fungus

Justin had the 5-spice roast Cambridge duck breast

Champagne and white peach granita

Salmon with lentils

Justin had the 90 day grain-finished Wakanui Angus beef fillet

Coconut tapioca with mango and passionfruit, avocado yuzu sorbet, macadamia tuile

Peanut butter parfait with hazelnut feuilletine, chocolate delice, Mackintosh sauce

Petits fours – macarons, chocolates, freeze dried berries