Practically perfect in every way: Rita
The Aro Valley restaurant loved by food critics and locals, that's practically perfect in every way.
Rita is what you get when people who really, really care about food open their dream restaurant and design every little thing to be exactly perfect.
Jesse Mulligan, Viva review, March 2018
Before you sit down at your table, you won't know exactly what you'll be eating that night, but be assured that it will be thoughtful, local, seasonal and delicious. Matt explains that surprise is an important element of the Rita experience and something that he and Kelda think about when they are planning the menu each day – it could be by using ingredients that people don't expect or doing something that lifts a dish into an unexpected realm.
While your entrée, main and any side dishes will be explained to you when you are seated, dessert is always kept a surprise until the very end. It could be a just-set rhubarb jelly with a jug of sour cream custard or perhaps a tart made with perfectly ripe stone fruit. Whatever it is, it'll feel just right. Perfect, even.