Drink well for Dry July

Non-alcoholic drinks pairing at Pasture restaurant for Dry July

Have you decided doing Dry July means staying at home for a month? Delightfully innovative restaurant Pasture has come up with the perfect solution.

Pasture, on Parnell Road in Auckland, is leading the way in non-alcoholic pairings with their Pasture Match; an alternative to matching wines, where you get a different non-alcoholic beverage with each course.

Designed by Pasture’s head chef and co-owner Ed Verner, the drinks explore diversity in flavour through techniques such as infusion, juicing and fermentation including kefir and kombucha.

The fruit, herb and vegetable based juices and naturally fermented sodas have been on the menu since Ed and his wife Laura opened the restaurant last year and are as carefully curated as their natural, organic and biodynamic wine list.

This unique non-alcoholic offering is the first of its kind in New Zealand, which Ed says represents the restaurants innovative approach to dining.

“The Pasture Match is a creative and nuanced way to pair food and drink, and it’s something that excites me as much as the wine list, to be honest. As a chef, it means I can really have fun with different ingredients and experiment,” he says.

Offered with their seasonal six-course menu, the juice pairing at Pasture includes complex layers of flavour designed to complement ingredients on the plate, just like wine.

Each beverage explores diversity in flavour, including herbaceous, vegetal and savoury.  Unique and surprisingly delicious concoctions such as tomato and fermented persimmon are served in delicate glassware. There’s also a full-bodied redcurrant and cascara drink designed to hit the same notes as a red wine.

Ed’s current favourite on the pairing menu is a yuzu and cherry blossom infusion, using rare yuzu citrus grown north of Wellington, and preserved cherry flowers Ed gathered with his wife Laura. This drink is saline, floral and acidic with a delicate colour.

“We aim to deliver a creative dining experience with choices that are thoughtfully prepared and curated – our Pasture Match is designed to allow non-drinkers the same opportunity to enjoy a matched beverage with their food as someone who chooses our Drinks Match,” notes Ed.

“Non-drinkers can still enjoy a match with the same complex layers of flavour and body that you’d experience in a traditional degustation with wine. When designing the pairings I consider acidity, sweetness, body, tannins, and flavours to create something to complement or elevate the dish.”

A permanent fixture on the menu, Pasture Match is perfect for those on the wagon – or, quite simply anyone after a completely different dining experience without alcohol.

And with Dry July now underway, there’s no better time to try this innovative, unique offering on Auckland’s dining scene. Plus, Pasture will be making a $10 donation to the Cancer Society for every Pasture Match booked during the month.

However you’ll need to be in quick to make the most of this offer this month – the restaurant is closed briefly from July 9 – 26.

The Pasture Match is available year-round with new pairings offered according to each seasonal menu change.

For more information see www.pastureakl.com.


About Pasture

Pasture is an innovative and thoughtfully crafted restaurant located at 235 Parnell Road, Parnell. Founded by chef Ed Verner and his wife Laura in 2016, it offers a refined six-course set menu from Wednesday to Sunday. Pasture is designed around the kitchen and wood fire, offering just 20 seats in a unique dining environment. Artisanal sourdough loaves are available to collect from the restaurant Thursday to Sunday after 2pm. For more information and online bookings, visit www.pastureakl.com