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Review: I visited on World Vegetarian Day 2011 (October) and was treated to a special set menu celebrating the day. It's clear that the Heritage takes pride in their vegan range and even has 100% vegan lobby bar. All three courses were reasonably sized and included a range of flavours without ever going too far. Lots of caramelisation, purees and expert food techniques. After a smoked eggplant quenelle I ordered a dish of green pea risotto served with polenta-crumbed artichoke and radish salad. This was all about as good as you'd expect except for the risotto which completely hit it out of the park. My dinner partner and I had several moments of tasting the food and looking at each other... despite being vegan foodie geeks I am happy to say that we were completely outmatched by this kitchen. Her main was a straight-forward but generous portobelo-tofu wrap with a fabulous mango chutney. Then we both had a dessert that included the best mandarin sorbet in town and agreed we would have to come back. At $58pp in a comfortable and stylish environment with excellent service I actually thought our night was very reasonably priced. If you're in Auckland looking for a stress-free and memorable fine vegan outing, Hectors would be hard to beat. Friendly staff, beautiful food, nothing over-the-top and very easy to recommend.