Neat Places feature

Ma Maison featured on Neat Places this summer - see the original article here

Sitting in a prime spot on Akaroa’s waterfront, Ma Maison is a restaurant worth making a trip for, and certainly not merely for the view (though it is damn pretty!). The focus here is heavily on seafood in all its glory, the freshest produce available and local whenever possible. Salmon comes right from the harbour, herbs are grown and gathered from a farm up the hill, along with eggs from free ranging chickens. All of the pickles, chutneys and sauces are made in house and the restaurant even boasts its own craft beer Ma Maison Lager, developed and brewed for the restaurant only.

The offerings of this amiable spot are abundant. Think crabs, octopus, scallops, mussels, oysters– you name your favourite seafood and there’s a high chance you’ll find it here. That being said, Ma Maison caters for everyone. Not too keen on seafood but the missus loves it? No stress, whether you’re a full time carnivore, seafood lover or vegan, you’ll find a delicious dish to enjoy from the expansive menu (all day breakfast anyone?).

The hospitality here is phenomenal and everyone is made to feel right at home at Ma Maison. Even the kids will be happy here with a menu of their own and a playground right next door. A delicious meal and a nice glass of Chardonnay in the sun while the kids play in full view from the terrace sounds pretty good to me!

The new owners of this long-standing Akaroa institution have a background as artists and musicians, thus the restaurant often transforms into a concert venue with artists from across the country flocking to perform here. Check out the restaurants website for upcoming events.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Naomi Haussman

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What they said..

“The warmth of the fire was a welcoming and added warmth to the chilly weather outdoors. Was welcomed into the restaurant, and offered to choose our table. Staff so welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. It was a hard choice to choose from the detailed menu. I had salmon, just melted in my mouth, my partner had blue cod and that was so delicious too. The wine list is extensive and complements the lovely food that arrived at our table. We were going to have a walk round and have a look at eateries, but so glad we stopped here and had a beautiful meal here at Ma Maison.”

“A group of us had an excellent meal here. The best duck confit I have ever had, tender and not too salty (as it often is). Great tiramisu too. Everyone was happy with their meal. Professional service, and happy customers.”

“One of the best mains I have had in NZ! The venison was amazing and perfect as we watched the sun go down over the mountains with the blue water and boats in the foreground. Perfect evening!”