We like the element of surprise, it is part of the journey of a set menu restaurant. So you won’t find our menus published online or a website full of pictures. However, essential information you may like to know is laid out below in the form of FAQ’s. Please contact us if there’s something else you would like to know.
What is Pasture all about?
We’re a very small, open-kitchen restaurant. We serve one set menu that is designed for the season and driven by our wood-fire, fermentation and time. Our philosophy is to work with whole animals, seafood, and line-caught fish. We practice our own preservation, charcuterie, dry-aging, baking and cheesemaking.
We equally invest time and creativity into our beverages in order to offer alcoholic or non-alcoholic matches. Our drinks list celebrates provenance & minimal intervention producers.
We have a chef’s counter restaurant in order to share how we cook and create your dishes. We're called Pasture because we are inspired by the New Zealand landscape. We are owner-operated, with Ed & Laura Verner as your hosts.
Do you accommodate dietaries and allergies?
Unfortunately, we have a limited range of changes we can make to our menu as our concept is to work with whole animals and seafood, as well as make everything possible in-house. We can accommodate some allergies, but we are not a suitable restaurant for vegans, vegetarians or pescatarians. For questions around dietary allergies or restrictions (e.g. pregnant diners or coeliac/gluten free guests), we kindly ask that you contact us to discuss your booking. We will confirm what accommodations/omissions can be made with our current menu. Please note our menus will usually always contain dairy and seafood including mollusc and shellfish. Please understand that we may not be able to serve you a full menu if omissions are the only option for us.
How long does a menu take?
Your meal with us will be around 3 hours. Your menu will conclude in our lounge where you can choose to stay longer and will not be rushed on by us. We ask guests to arrive promptly for their seating.
What is a "chef's counter"?
A chef's counter means you are directly engaged with the kitchen. Our high chairs are directly in front of where we cook and create your dishes. Please note we do not have tables and guests are seated alongside one another. This is especially important for groups of 3+ guests to note in terms of holding conversation. If you are coming as a social group to have a long overdue catch-up, we may not be a suitable restaurant to choose because of our seating arrangement and our set menu format.
Will my dinner be affected if I am late for my reservation?
Yes, as you will join the menu in progress, and we are unable to remake prior dishes. Our seating times are 5.45pm and 8.15pm - we kindly ask our guests to arrive promptly for their seating time.
Do you have a waitlist or cancellation list?
Yes! Please add your contact details online for the date and time you wish to join us. If something comes up, we will be in touch as soon as we can. If you want to be on a last-minute list for any dates, please email email@example.com.
How much does a menu cost?
We work with small-scale suppliers and change the cost of our menus according to what we receive each week from our network of fishermen and growers. Our menus are generally costed from $225 per person, with drinks additional. This includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax, but not a service 'tip'. For drinks you can choose your own or trust our pairings. We have alcoholic drinks from $95pp and our handmade non-alcoholic pairing from $80pp.
Why do you take deposits for reservations?
We have a unique dining model for New Zealand and our booking policy is a reflection of this. With our tiny restaurant and small team we dedicate our time to preparing for our guests and not trying to fill tables. We understand plans change and we support our guests to transfer bookings if ample notice (over one week) is given or if a waitlisted table can take cancelled seats. Your table's deposit will be deducted from your bill on the night you dine with us.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation must be through your Tock Dashboard or sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, and receive a response from us. Cancellations are non-refundable and apply to the whole table or reducing the number of guests in your party. If you need to transfer your reservation to a future date and give us notice of at least one week from your booked time, we will do our best to fill your seats and transfer your booking with your deposit, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Do you take walk-ins?
We welcome you to call us for last-minute queries or register your interest through Tock's waitlist function for the date you want to join us. We’ll be in touch if a seat opens up!
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code, please come as you feel comfortable. You will be seated on high chairs with a backrest and a footrest for the duration of your menu at our open-kitchen. You will then move to our lounge, seated on a banquette with low tables. We do not have conventional table seating.
Where do I park?
Parnell has free street parking after 6pm. A paid carpark near us is located at St Johns, 244 Parnell Rd. Parnell is a popular neighbourhood and street parks can be scarce during peak times. Please allow time for your travel as arriving late will impact our service.
Do you allow corkage?
We have created an award-winning drinks list that complements our cuisine and offers our diners something exciting and creative from local producers. We do not offer corkage.
DO YOU WRITE ON PLATES AND BRING SPARKLERS FOR BIRTHDAYS?
We love knowing that Pasture has been chosen as a place to celebrate something special. We will always try to acknowledge your occasion in our unique way, so let us know the details of your occasion at the time of booking. We may sing to you, but it will probably be a track from the '80's and be a spontaneous event.
Can we bring our child/children?
In our experience Pasture is not an ideal environment for children under 12 as our menus take time. We have a child’s/half menu option. If you know that your child will enjoy Pasture and the experience as we offer it, then that's cool with us. If you have an infant, please know that our restaurant is very small and very intimate and a menu can take 3 hours. Please discuss with us in advance.
Can we take photos/videos?
You are welcome to take photographs but please bear in mind, we didn’t design Pasture around instagram lighting! We designed it around atmosphere. Our team appreciates the fire is a beautiful thing to film but we ourselves are a bit less open to being recorded in video without our permission.
Have additional questions?
If you have additional questions about Tock or your reservation, please visit the Tock helppage.
If you want to talk to someone at Pasture please call us on +64 9 300 5077.