Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Boast­ing what’s ar­guably the best view in Auck­land, 53 floors high in the sky, The Sugar Club is nat­u­rally an ap­peal­ing desti­na­tion for vis­i­tors to the city. But there’s also plenty for na­tive Auck­lan­ders to en­joy – play spot the land­marks while you en­joy a drink in the good-look­ing bar, then settle in for a meal in the so­phis­ti­cated restau­rant space, ac­com­pa­nied by slick ser­vice and a killer wine list. The sig­na­ture fu­sion style of owner Peter Gor­don (above) is ev­i­dent in the menu, though head chef Neil Bra­zier also wields in­flu­ence, as in the ex­cel­lent ap­pe­tiser of creamed paua with “Kiwi dip” and fry bread – an in­ge­nious mod­ern take on 70s favourites. And dishes such as spiny cray­fish and Marl­bor­ough saf­fron lin­guine with pine nuts and aged parmi­giano reg­giano are both el­e­gant and de­li­cious. Level 53, Sky­tower, Cnr Fed­eral & Vic­to­ria Sts, City, ph: 09-363 6365 Lunch Wed-sun, din­ner 7 days; de­gus­ta­tion menus $90-$128 IN BRIEF Desti­na­tion din­ing that de­liv­ers

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