NEWS - Deliciosa Tapas and and Wine Bar Havelock North

By: Deliciosa  05-Apr-2012

Aside from our incredibly poxy weather this summer it has been a fabulously busy xmas/holiday period, thanks to all our wonderful regulars & lovely to see all the new faces experience deliciosa as well!

some snipits of reviews from Trip Advisor - we love you lovely reviewers who are so kind to us:

Reviewed February 23, 2012 DWARLY, DENVER USA

I woke up this morning craving yesterday's assortment of delectable dishes I had the fortune to sample at DELICIOSA - TAPAS and WINE BAR.  Sarah Watson is the young and brilliant proprietor of the BEST Tapas and Wine Bar In Havelock North (Hastings) if not all of Hawke's Bay.Her creative tapas menu meticulously prepared and perfected with local ingredients and complimented by the best local wines of the region made this an unforgettable Kiwi experience.  Some of the original and unique dishes include:  Squid salt and peppered with orange parsely sprinle, aioli and lemons- phenominal
Trio of fresh favoiriteof the trio was the carpaccio with Tahitian sesame dressing
Crispy pork belly with pomegranite juice, fresh fennel and apple salad. ( I dislike fatty meats but this was almost all meat and the little fat there was , was crispy)- AmazingLebanese seven spice beef...I want the recipe
Duck liver pate with Damson jelly ( Damson jelly is a great accompaniment to cheeses as well and I will be hoarding jars of it back home)  Unfortunately they do not export to the States but do to Australia. The decor is tasteful, rustic and casual
The service was excellent.

Reviewed February 9, 2012 C3PW, Wellington NZ

Absolutely delicious! Pork belly and seven spiced beef would be my fav. Having just returned from Holiday in wellington and comparing with another tapas bar there.. deliciosa blows them out of the water. Order a couple of dishes to start and keep ordering to satisfy that urge to want to eat more of these wonderful dishes.

Reviewed January 7, 2012 The Soap Shop, Napier NZ

After phoning 5 of our favourite restaurants to be told they were fully booked, and after a long search on the net we found DELICIOSA .  We had pre warned the restaurant that one of our party required total dairy free dishes. When we arrived we were given a menu that had all of the dairy free dishes highlighted.   We proceded to order. Over the course of the meal we ordered 4 times, a total of 14 dishes. Our evening just flowed, food was brought in no time, the staff were great, best of all each plate of tapas was like receiving a wee gift, beautifully presented not to mention deliciosa. We sampled duck and blueberry, ostrich, porkbelly, beef, lamb. dips and the list goes on ..
finishing with dessert.

deliciosa goes on holiday 2012

we will be closed from sunday 8th july




at deliciosa we are celebrating

the colours of autumn, so fascinating!

the red of the curtains, the colour of wine,

greens & golds in the canopy of changing vines

with seasonal dishes, full of colour

the fabulous wine list like no other

the patio a-glow, all cosy and mellow

bathed in candlelit ambience all yellow

bring your friends and prepare for a treat

for delectable wines and a sumptuous feast

tapas is the way to eat

deliciosa the place to meet!!!

come down for a visit and experience the relaxed ambience, the fabulous autumn menu, the friendly service and of course a cheeky glass of wine!

bookings 8776031

Hasta Pronto!!



WINNERS, 2nd year in a row:

2010 Food Hawkes Bay Signature Dish Competition


A rustic, Spanish inspired dish of shredded house-smoked rabbit, white beans & chickpeas slow-cooked in a rich duck & chorizo broth topped with crispy leeks

  + harald's crusty rock-salt roll & fresh herbed goats quark

wine match: 2008 trinity hill tempranillo


And we would LOVE to help bring out the EUROPEAN in you.. with:

¡Aperitivo Deliciosa! $10 aperitivo + almonds

Choose from: imo’s famous campari & grapefruit, ricard or henri bardouin pastis,

or Kir Royal (12,5)

anytime.. because we love you!

We have recently added some beautiful new wines to our amazing wine list,
and have had many a fun ‘tasting’ to hand pick the best of the bunch
for you to enjoy.
Just some of these little beauties to tempt you:

09 pazo san mauro albarino, SP, Rias Biaxas, Galicia

09 grosset ‘polish hill’ riesling, AU, Clare Valley

08 bilancia ‘la collina white’, NZ, Hawkes Bay

10 wooing tree pinot noir rose, NZ, Central O

04 miguel merino vitola reserva rioja (tempranillo) SP, Rioja

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mon tue wed, thurs from 4pm

fri sat from 11am for lunch, dinner and all day grazing

bookings essential!!

hasta pronto!


2010 End of Vintage Party

another successful and fun party was held here on sunday night to celebrate the end of the 2010 Harvest. We were delighted to see all our mates from wineries from all accross Hawkes Bay - Peter Gough from  Ngatarawa took out the Salsa dancing comp, John Kemble amazed us all with his new 'ink', John Hancock, Warren Gibson and Lorraine Leheny supplied us with some stunning drops,  Te Awa sent a beautiful Italien to represent, Rod McDonald dropped in to sample some of the Grand Cru's once they had been opened.. all in all a lovely evening of empanadas, paella, and exceptional wines.. just how we like it!

Thanks to everybody for coming out and supporting us throughout the vintage - it has been a real treat to see you all so often. Wino Wednesdays were such a success we will be sure to run them again next year. To all you international cellar rats; be sure to keep in touch with your adventures, and see you next year!

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Deliciosa is famous!!

Dominion Post top 10 summer watering holes

'spanish food meets hawkes bay wine, with mouth-watering results. If the words 'figs with blue cheese & proscuitto' with a chilled Sacred Hill Chardonnay don't convince you, you must have sunstroke.'


HB Signature Dish 2009

Hawke’s Bay has the reputation as new zealand's top food and wine destination, this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase both elements.  during this annual six week event the regions top hospitality establishments and their leading chefs take part in a regional bonanza, showcasing the best of our region’s food and wine to find the Hawke’s Bay’s regional signature dish.  The Hawke’s Bay regional signature dish represents the best selection of hawke’s bay food products brought together by local chefs and matched with a Hawke’s Bay beverage.

The Deliciosa original - Halloumi & Watermelon Salad $12.50
Mussel & zucchini fritters w mango chilli salsa $11.50

As well as Deliciosa favourites..

Moroccan spiced lamb on preserved lemon hummus w pine nuts, served w hot cumin flatbread

the deliciosa rustic charcuterie & antipasto plate, served on slate, w a selection of 'the deli' cured meats, artisan salami, orange & rosemary green olives, s/d tomatoes, marinated artichokes w breads 

After an exciting month exploring the French wine regions..

– Gilles was one of the most hospitable wine hosts of the trip even taking us up the La Chapelle for champagne at sunset! This is his entry level wine named for his daughters Leonie & Lucie. Already a firm favourite w our regulars – be quick!!

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012