Summer and the robust flavours of the Mediterranean go hand-in-hand think of beautifully cooked fresh fish, squid and shellfish, the best-quality olive oils, luscious, ripe tomatoes, mouth-watering cheese and yoghurt and colourful vegetables such as eggplant and peppers.
This cuisine's reliance on good quality, fresh ingredients and uncomplicated dishes make it easy to create at home. But sometimes it's nice to get out of the kitchen and let an expert make dinner, or lunch.
So we asked Restaurant Finder to track down the top 10 Mediterranean restaurants in the country. Just click on the name of the restaurant to get more details, then make a booking! Your taste buds will thank you for it.
354 Great North Rd, Henderson, Waitakere
6 Point Rd, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, Nelson
813 Colombo St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay, Auckland City
Posh Nosh Cafe
3 Homestead Rd, Kerikeri, Far North
Arbitrageur Wine Room & Restaurant
125 Featherston St, Wellington Central, Wellington City
Table Se7en Restaurant
44 Hanover St, Level 1 Cnr George & Hanover Sts, Dunedin Central, Dunedin
194 - 200 Ruapehu Drive, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North
Mediterranean Restaurant & Pizzeria
162 Mokoia Rd, Birkenhead, North Shore
MED Wine Bar & Bistro
2 Tennyson Street, Masonic Hotel, Napier, Napier City