BEIRUT

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

14.5/20 Beirut has to be one of down­town Auck­land’s sleek­est din­ing rooms. In a moody ware­house-like space on Fort St, it’s all dark wood, hes­sian drapes and globe lights, which suits the mod­ern, so­phis­ti­cated Mid­dle East­ern-lean­ing food per­fectly. The tu­nic-clad wait­staff will talk you through the flavour­some shar­ing plates ex­pertly – think light-as-air leek and cur­rant frit­ters with feta, onion jam, burnt baby leeks and saf­fron honey, or king­fish kibbeh nayeh with white and yel­low turmeric, citrus and pink pep­per­corns – and are on hand to of­fer ad­vice on the in­ter­na­tional wine list and ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of cock­tails and shrubs. It’s a great place for a crowd. Veg­e­tar­i­ans will be well looked af­ter, as the menu has a strong veg­etable fo­cus, par­tic­u­larly among the smaller shar­ing plates. 85 Fort St, City, 09 367 6882, beirut.co.nz Break­fast & lunch Mon-fri, din­ner 7 days; large shared plates $24-$32 Sleek so­phis­ti­ca­tion IN BRIEF and Mid­dle East­ern flavours

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