TWENTY SEVEN STEPS
Indeed, there are 27 steps that lead up to this restaurant, spread over three rooms upstairs in a pastel-hued Spanish Mission-style New Regent St building. In true bistro style, diners are allowed a view of the food preparation through an opening in the central white tiled wall, while a narrow blackboard runs its entire length filled with the daily specials. Bring your appetite as the rustic, Europeaninspired cuisine of chef Paul Howells may offer you a classic, slowly braised venison osso bucco cut by a tangy gremolata and enriched by a sweet, intense onion puree just as a starter. Explore the substantial list of local wines and New Zealand craft beers and perhaps enjoy a glass of Black Estate Chardonnay with pan-roasted monkfish with Jerusalem artichoke crème fraîche.