City’s top pre-theatre bites
Key to a night at the theatre is the perfect pre-show meal.
The pre-theatre meal is a tricky minx, slightly earlier and a smidgen lighter than one’s usual dinner. It also hinges on speedy service and theatre proximity. But don’t stress, we’ve got five of the best.
1. Elliot stables, 39 Elliot St, for Q, the Civic, Sky City, the Herald and Aotea Centre
Elliot Stables rightfully boasts of itself as an ‘‘epicurean village’’ of artisan eats. It has a casual but cherry atmosphere.
Gusto’s pre-theatre menu served between 5pm and 6.15pm promises your and your date’s completion of a shared two-course meal within an hour. We recommend their grilled snapper with pistachio, capers, lemon and chilli.
3. Le Garde Manger, 466 Queen St, best placed for Q, Aotea Centre, the Herald and the Civic
Le Garde Manger serves crepes both savoury and sweet. We recommend crepe Suzette flambe´ed at your table with Grand Marnier.
Tapas are the perfect pretheatre bite because they are fast. We recommend the Pescado Plato Iberico: a platter for two of smoked salmon, dips, squid rings and chorizo.
5. Baduzzi, 10-26 Jellicoe St, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter for the newATC venue
Thank you, Italy, for the humble meatball. And good on you, Baduzzi, for revamping it via Fiordland crayfish, wild red deer, smoked eggplant, and lamb with preserved lemon. This is Auckland’s finest New York-Italian vibe.