Foodie heaven in the heart of the city

Seek­ing a foodie get­away, So­phie Gray, Food Ed­i­tor at food­, Taste, Food and Na­dia mag­a­zines in­dulged in a week­end at Cordis Auck­land – and was de­lighted.

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Ar­riv­ing on Fri­day night, I was de nitely ready for cock­tails and con­vivi­al­ity, and the Cordis Lobby Lounge didn’t dis­ap­point. Con­tem­po­rary el­e­gance com­bined seam­lessly with Kiwi hos­pi­tal­ity and in no time I was sip­ping a de­li­cious aper­i­tif made with a lo­cally-dis­tilled rhubarb gin. Later, hun­gry, and not sure what I fan­cied, I headed to Eight restau­rant, with its sig­na­ture Eight “in­ter­ac­tive din­ing” – eight spe­cial­ist kitchens of­fer grill, seafood, sal­ads, Chi­nese, Ja­panese, In­dian, Ital­ian and de­lec­ta­ble desserts, all un­der one roof. Un­der the guid­ance of Chef Volker, the em­pha­sis on lo­cally sourced, sus­tain­able and sea­sonal prod­ucts was ev­i­dent. Cordis kitchens pro­duce very low waste, too, a fact of which staff are justi ably proud. Af­ter my cho­sen oc­to­pus and oys­ters, it was time for melt­ingly ten­der lamb and co­rian­der naan, fresh from the tan­door ovens, fol­lowed by a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion of the dessert buf­fet. Since I re­ally love a leisurely ho­tel break­fast, in the morn­ing I opted for the Ex­ec­u­tive Club which, if you can tear your­self away from the view, serves crisp – yes, crisp – ba­con, along with eggs, warm pas­tries, a con­ti­nen­tal se­lec­tion and a daily fresh smoothie. Club priv­i­leges also in­clude com­pli­men­tary snacks and bev­er­ages all day or, like me, you can in­dulge in drinks and canapes. No visit to Cordis is com­plete with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing High Tea by Cordis, and the res­i­dent tea som­me­lier en­sures you don’t con­fuse your As­sam with your Oo­long. When it comes to avour-match­ing, I al­ways take ad­van­tage of ex­pert ad­vice and the staff were both charm­ing and knowl­edge­able. The food is out­stand­ing, witty and in­tri­cate, but the high­light was a house-blended tea of camomile and but­ter y pea ow­ers. Bright blue when poured, turn­ing to vi­o­let when le­mon was added, this liq­uid magic con­cluded a mar­vel­lous meal. By now a soak in the jacuzzi was call­ing, fol­lowed by a de­li­cious din­ner in the quiet com­fort of my room. Morn­ing found me en­joy­ing ex­cel­lent cof­fee and a de­lec­ta­ble por­ridge that was al­most too pretty to eat – al­most. The Cordis free shut­tle will drop you within an easy stroll of the CBD eater­ies, and eth­nic din­ing op­tions abound in nearby in Karanga­hape Rd and in New­mar­ket but Cordis pro­vides such a com­pre­hen­sive range of of­fer­ings I found I sim­ply had no rea­son to leave.

1 My de­li­cious lo­cally dis­tilled gin aper­i­tif. 2 Oc­to­pus and oys­ters to start. 3 The foodie’s heaven at Cordis’ Eight restau­rant. 4 A small se­lec­tion from the dessert buf­fet. 5 The seafood bar at Eight restau­rant. 6 Start­ing the day well with an à la carte break­fast and a barista-made cof­fee. 7 A high tea dream in the ho­tel lobby.

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