Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Soon after new ex­ec­u­tive chef Gareth Ste­wart came on board last year, this Princes Wharf stal­wart shrunk in size to make way for ca­sual eatery The Culpeper and cock­tail bar Co­ley & Punch, and it un­der­went a bit of a makeover in the process. The classy new look fea­tures pale blue ban­quettes, and the smaller lay­out has added more in­ti­macy, brought din­ers closer to the open kitchen and still al­lowed good space be­tween ta­bles. The di­verse menu is clever, in­no­va­tive and on trend, look­ing to Europe (as the name sug­gests) for in­spi­ra­tion with dishes like saf­fron lin­guine, prawn, lit­tle­neck clams, chilli, gar­lic and oregano, but also tak­ing cues from other parts of the world with dishes such as an ex­cel­lent Asian-in­spired black sesame panna cotta dessert. The wine list is im­pres­sive, with an ex­ten­sive Cham­pagne se­lec­tion, and ser­vice is at­ten­tive. Shed 22, Princes Wharf, City, ph: 09-309 9866, eu­ro­ Lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $35-$54 IN BRIEF Re­li­ably classy har­bour­side din­ing

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