Ten Twenty Four (1024) is a relaxed country dining restaurant located at 1024 Pakowai Road, Hastings. Kent Badley, formerly of the famous Wellington restaurant Petit Lyon, has joined up with Ian Thomas and Peter Suragawa to present outstanding food in a relaxed location.
We went to 1024 for lunch on a recent trip to Napier. Their menu is printed everyday as their dishes vary depending on what fresh regional produce is available to the chef.
I visited in a party of six and two of us had the 1024 R & D degustation. It is billed as a surprise three course menu that allows you to sit back, relax and wait for your food to arrive. Lunch time diners also have the option of choosing from the a la carte menu (the dinner menu is exclusively the surprise degustation).
The degustation started with a amuse bouche of smoked eel with pear and an elderflower shot that contained dry ice. The entree was a whole baby flounder deboned, stuffed with prawn meat, covered in a macadamia crumble and served with wasabi mayonnaise. The main was a lamb shank slow cooked for 12 hours, a stuffed potato and poussin gravy. The dessert was not on the a la carte menu and was an amazing creme brulee stuffed doughnut served with a berry compote.
Those of us who ordered from the menu started with the daily bread selection, sesame lavosh and brioche with olive oil, sea salt and shaved parmesan. For mains we tried the flounder(the same dish as the degustation menu entree); the prawn mousse stuffed blue cod with an ancient grain crust, black mustard mayo and broccoli salad; the chicken with wild herbs and garlic, pea shoot puree and kaffir lime and the aged angus striploin with teriyaki, kumara and udon noodles. We also ordered sides of crumbed potato balls and the 1024 daily garden picked salad.
All of the food was delicious and beautifully presented but the standouts of the day were by far the flounder and the stuffed blue cod. The flounder was soft, delicate and creamy. The blue code was covered in a crisp crumb, perfectly cooked and stuffed to bursting with tender prawn meat. Both dishes were perfectly complemented by the accompaniments and were exciting to eat.
We had to try dessert as we weren’t sure when we would get a chance to come back and also we’re not the type of people who say no to desserts. We ordered strawberry mille feuille which was delicate chocolate shortbread layered with fresh cream and new season strawberries and the chocolate tort. Both desserts were lovely but the degustation dessert was definitely the best with smooth, creamy brulee with a crisp shell stuffed into a chewy doughnut and a tangy berry compote.
Service was a bit slow to start but our main waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food he was presenting.
Overall, I though 1024 is a must for anyone either living in or visiting the Napier/Hastings area. It is top level food in a relaxed atmosphere and very reasonable prices – the price of the surprise lunch degustation was only $50, extremely good value for the levels of preparation and care that were evident in every dish we ate.