Culprit’s name is projected on a concrete wall inside the restaurant’s subtle entrance via an old-school overhead projector, leading you up to a brick-walled room decorated with neon strip lights. It’s a great option for a fun night out with a group; the yum cha-esque trolley service meaning you can try as little or as much as you want. Flavours are big and bold – think black garlic-glazed eggplant with baba ganoush, feta, lemon and paprika oil, or pinotpoached West Coast turbot with chestnut puree, autumn greens and mushrooms. Chefowner Kyle Street (above), who is ex-depot, has a no-waste ethos, so secondary cuts are a big focus – the likes of mutton neck, pig face and beef tongue. The drinks list has a nice mix of natural wines and more traditional options, as well as great craft beers and cocktails.
12 Wyndham St, City, 09 377 5992, culprit.co.nz Lunch Thurs-fri, dinner Tuessat; large plates $32-$37
A fun dining concept IN BRIEF for a night out with friends