CIBO

Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

14.5/20 There’s a par­tic­u­lar joie de vivre about the at­mos­phere at Cibo (yes, it can be loud, but fun) that can turn a meal there into a fond mem­ory for years to come. Ser­vice, led by Jeremy Turner, is up­beat, con­fi­dent and in­sight­ful, and ex­actly the same can be said of Kate Fay’s cui­sine. With­out ut­ter­ing the word fu­sion, let’s say Fay works won­ders in in­cor­po­rat­ing a di­verse ar­ray of flavours (no­tably Asian) into a so­phis­ti­cated bistro lex­i­con. Take the liquorice veni­son, cho­co­late soil, blue­berry raita, cele­riac black pud­ding ko­rma and sprouts – an in­spired riff on the usual veni­son with liquorice, cho­co­late and berry tunes. If you’re with an over­seas vis­i­tor, here’s the per­fect place to in­tro­duce them to pavlova – there are al­ways two on the menu and the salted caramel ver­sion holds a per­ma­nent spot for good rea­son. 91 St Ge­orge’s Bay Rd, Par­nell, 09 303 9660, cibo.co.nz Lunch Mon-fri, din­ner Mon­sat; mains $43-$59.50 So­phis­ti­cated, IN BRIEF buzzy din­ing with piz­zazz

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