Gem­mayze St

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Le­banese flavours with pleas­ing meat-free tex­tures

With the heaters blaz­ing and the Sky Tower il­lu­mi­nated through the big bay win­dow, there are few more charm­ing Auck­land lo­ca­tions in the evening than St Kevins Ar­cade. While Samir Allen’s slow-braised lamb shoul­der and charred oc­to­pus dishes are spoken of highly around town, his treat­ment of veg­eta­bles is wor­thy of ap­plause too. With nine of the mezze dishes be­ing veg­e­tar­ian, you can hap­pily cre­ate your own vege feast, start­ing with the city’s silki­est hum­mus; smoky eg­g­plant baba ghanouj; and golden-green falafel, topped with vivid pink pick­les. To follow, or­der a selec­tion of hearty veg­etable dishes such as roasted cau­li­flower with a caramelised puree, al­monds and pick­led date; au­bergine with yo­ghurt, chick­peas and cashew nuts; or the tasti­est treat­ment of a cab­bage we’ve ever seen: The mal­fouf is a wedge of red cab­bage roasted to bring out its nat­u­ral sweet­ness and sit­ting on top of a vi­brant muham­mara red pep­per paste, fin­ished with the salty tang of whipped feta, wal­nuts and fenu­greek. Shop 16, St Kevins Ar­cade, 183 Karanga­hape Rd, cen­tral city

1. Inside Gem­mayze St. 2. A selec­tion of mezze dishes. 3. Mal­fouf, a roasted wedge of cab­bage. 4. Ima’s sabich, sides and haloumi. 2

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Clas­sic mezze dishes 3

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