APERO

Ne­go­ciants New Zealand Best Wine Ex­pe­ri­ence

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Winners - SPON­SORED BY NE­GO­CIANTS NEW ZEALAND

Sim­plic­ity and qual­ity are the hall­marks of Apero, a cosy and ca­sual brick-walled, wooden-floored joint on K Rd. French-born chef Leslie Hot­ti­aux (ex-the Grove, above) turns out con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent food, while her part­ner Ismo “Mo” Koski (ex-si­dart and Mered­iths, above) runs the show out front in a man­ner that’s pro­fes­sional, slick and laid-back at the same time. This is the sort of spot you can pop into for a glass of wine and a snack and be out the door in an hour, or stretch it into a long, leisurely din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Choose from the likes of trevally with horseradish, av­o­cado, cu­cum­ber, herbs and crispy shal­lots; roasted cau­li­flower with goat’s curd, almond and mint; and the ever-pop­u­lar house-made pork sausage, sold by the ¼ me­tre. Koski’s wine list is thought­fully cho­sen, with plenty of in­ter­est­ing op­tions at all price points, and his knowl­edge and pas­sion shines through. He’s more than happy to open the odd spe­cial bot­tle, even if you’re just after a glass. 280 Karanga­hape Rd, City, ph: 09-373 4778, apero.co.nz Lunch Fri, din­ner Wed-sun; large shared plates $15-$29

IN BRIEF A food-and-wine gem in the heart of Auck­land’s colour­ful K Rd

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