GEMMAYZE STREET

Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

14.5/20

The gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of K Rd con­tin­ues in one of the city’s best ar­cades; yes, you are literally eat­ing in the park end of a shop­ping ar­cade, but St Kevin’s is a her­itage beaut. The mish­mash of ta­bles and chairs en­sure the restaurant is fun and funky, in keep­ing with the neigh­bour­hood. Chef Samir Allen (above) cooks mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of his Le­banese her­itage, while his mother Liane Farry runs the front of house. The food is made for shar­ing; or­der the “jeeb” and per­fectly ex­e­cuted clas­sics such as hum­mus, baba ganoush and falafel will ap­pear, fol­lowed by larger plates such as kibbeh bi sayneyeh, the sour­ness off­set­ting the rich­ness in this dish of lamb with bul­ghur, pome­gran­ate mo­lasses and mint. The wine se­lec­tion of Le­banese wines is in­ter­est­ing and var­ied.

Shop 15-16, St Kevin’s Ar­cade, City, 09 600 1545, face­book.com/gem­mayzest Lunch Fri, din­ner Tues-sat, shar­ing plates $8-$35

Mod­ern Le­banese IN BRIEF cui­sine in a funky, fun set­ting

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