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THE FACT that Leslie Hottiaux and Ismo (Mo) Koski (right) love what they do shines through in every aspect of the Apero experience. Within minutes of arriving at the cosy brick-walled, wooden-floored space tucked away on K Rd, it’s clear that this is so much more than a wine bar. Regulars and newbies alike are greeted with the same warmth and enthusiasm and that’s the vibe that continues through the night, from Koski’s knack for knowing exactly what you feel like drinking (even if you’re not sure yourself ) to Hottiaux’s seriously delicious food. It’s clear that a great deal of thought is put into everything on the the menu, with a wonderful array of flavours on display – think snapper crudo with pink grapefruit pieces, fine pickled courgettes, cucumber balls and avocado cream, or roasted cauliflower with goat’s curd, almond and mint. And don’t leave without trying the legendary pork sausage.
280 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, 09 373 4778, apero.co.nz; lunch Fri, dinner Wed-Sun, large shared plates $15-$29
Hospitality in spades in the heart of K Rd