HIDEWHAT A GREAT NAME FOR A BOOZER. To find Hide, you’ll need to shim­my down the alley­way by the Prince Avenue round­about on The Mount Main­street. It opens out into a COURTYARD that feels like someone’s excep­tion­al­ly well-appoint­ed back­yard. Walled in on every side, a ROARING FIRE is the cen­tre­piece. There are built-in wood­en booths for big GROUPS TO GATHER, FAMILY BARBEQUE STYLE, under a green liv­ing wall. A sun­ny strip of seat­ing is tucked behind the fire (PERFECT FOR A HOT DATE), and A COSY NOOK inside over­looks the court­yard.

WORDS JENNY RUDD PHOTOS TRACIE HEASMAN

This place has been home to many things over the years: Lynx Hair Direc­tion; an out­let store for Sis­ters & Co; and two restau­rants – Mundo Mex­i­cano and, more recent­ly, Mr Miyagi. It is now com­plete­ly unrecog­nis­able. In a good way.

HIDE’S OWNERS, MATT AND KIMBERLY HAYWARD, ARE HOSPO ROYALTY IN TAURANGA, bring­ing with them the expe­ri­ence of run­ning Win­nies in Queen­stown in the ear­ly 2000s, and own­ing De Bier Haus, which they turned into La Mex­i­ca on The Strand in Tau­ran­ga. The cou­ple and their two girls, Mila and Liv, are now firm­ly root­ed the oth­er side of the bridge. They also own Mount Brew­ing Co, which is like the cheeky younger sis­ter of, rough and tum­ble old­er broth­er, Hide.

Kimberly’s role is to make sure everyone’s well fed. She grew up with food­ies and fan­tas­tic cooks, as her fam­i­ly owned restau­rants. It’s my job to make sure every­one has a good time.” Nice job descrip­tions. They do it well, too. The open­ing night had a feel­ing of good­will and excite­ment that you just can’t buy.

UNO. HQ is a dan­ger­ous­ly short walk to the green oasis. Our team went over on a Sun­day after­noon for a pre-dead­line, morale boost­ing break. We chose a cou­ple of cold Moas and some plates to share; a stand­out was ten­der lamb ribs with sharp sal­sa verde. Hal­loumi fries were per­fect­ly crisp on the out­side with a creamy horo­pi­to dip. And we shared a ‘floun­der with fen­nel mash’, which was fresh, lemony, but­tery and light. Smooth beats from the deck with res­i­dent Sun­day after­noon DJ, Sarah Bron­te, and we real­ly were trans­port­ed a long way from the demands of the office.

Matt says,

I want peo­ple to treat this like their own back­yard. You can invite your mates round, light the fire, eat like you’re at a bar­be­que, lis­ten to music, and have a few beers.”

Even bet­ter – no clear­ing up, and the ser­vice is way bet­ter than at my house.

 

Fresh fish, stuffed with lemon and herbs
Oh my, bloody mary oys­ters – hang­over heav­en
Each week the house cur­ry changes. We had goat cur­ry with fra­grant rice and spikes of lime

147b Maun­ganui Rd, Mt Maun­ganui.

Tuesday — Thursday, 11.30am — 10pm
Friday — Saturday, 11.30am — 12am
Sunday, 11.30am — 10pm

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