$250 per person
31 AUGUST, 2023, 6.30PM

Bonfire at Esther is set to cast an ethereal glow upon a divine evening of festivities this Restaurant Month. 

Don your warmest attire and get set for a vibrant feast and roaring revelries. Your evening will include canapés and mulled wine to start, lavish entrée & mains with matched wines and dessert by the fire with boozy coffee & hot chocolates.

As the fire starts to burn, and the flames flicker upwards towards the starry night sky, Chef Sean Connolly will set the scene to another world. 

Surround an open flame and enjoy stories of conquest and adventure alongside a smoke-infused four course sharing-style banquet dinner. 

Partake in a feast of the finest ingredients, gathered from our abundant land and seas, prepared over the coals, on the bone and in the shell. Passion and care are unequivocal with back to basics cooking techniques, using only fire and the best local ingredients and paired with wines from bounteous Waiheke Island. 

The spirit of the evening will be engulfed in a beacon of warmth as mulled wine is as freely overflowing as the fire-twirling performances and the campfire chorus of live entertainment echoes over the glowing embers of crackling fire pits. 

Part of Restaurant Month 2023. 
See terms and conditions further below.

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Esther Auckland

The menu 


Charcoal leeks, pistachio pesto
Blistered red peppers, Salsa Rosso
Smoked stracciatella, salt roasted beetroot, dill oil, nasturium 
Gnaly charred pumpkin, lemon labneh, pomegranate, chilli orange oil
2023 Swiftsure Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 


Cloudy Bay clams, Proscuitto, samphire
Wild caught Mooloolaba king prawns, garlic Pernod butter
Wairarapa crayfish, lemon mayo 
2019 Man O' War 'Estate' Chardonnay, Waiheke Island
2022 Swiftsure Pinot Noir, Bannockburn 


Cypriot lamb, crucifix
Duck fat potatoes, rosemary, garlic 
Petite salad, baby gem, witloof, radicchio, hummus 
2018 Man O' War 'Dreadnought' Syrah, Waiheke Island 


Spit-fired pineapple, Amaretto, vanilla bean ice cream 
Boozy Hot Chocolate & Special Coffee 


''Everything tastes better in the shell, on the bone and over the coals'' - Sean Connolly 

Terms & Conditions: 
Outdoor activation for canapés & dessert is weather permitting, alternatives will be made on the night and moved indoors. 
Note about dietaries: as this is an exclusive one-off menu specially designed for the evening, we regret to inform that dietaries are not able to be accommodated.

Details are correct at the time of publishing – subject to change and availability. Event tickets are strictly limited and may sell out, see heartofthecity.co.nz for up to date information.

Important: Srictly R18. Host responsibility limits apply. R18 for the service of alcohol, host responsibility limits apply. 

Enjoy two hours of free parking or $5 evening and weekend rates. Find out more. Ride on public transport from as little as $2 each way. Find out more.
Last updated: 21 June 2023