Lunch Monday-Friday; dinner Monday-Saturday.
We don’t have enough restaurants in the fine older buildings of this city, and even where we do, it’s not often you really get to soak up their grand elegance. That’s one really splendid thing about Wine Chambers. Sited in one of the solid old piles of Shortland St, it has a high stud with moulded ceilings, expanses of marble and dark wooden panelling, and quite beautifully rounded windows looking down on O’Connell St below. Just the thing for a business lunch, a deal over dinner, or dinner after a deal, for that matter. Wine Chambers, as the name suggests and as a CBD favourite requires, has a pretty decent wine list. Chef Paul Witte presents a standard menu — duck breast, fish of the day, eye fillet, Caesar salad and so on — but it’s all done with freshness and care, and the staff look after you very well. Which is as you would expect: Wine Chambers is the second restaurant on our list (along with Number 5) owned by Martina Lutz, one of the most able and engaging restaurateurs in town.
A Favourite Dish: Crabcakes with smoked eel and jalapenos crème, lime and apple.
Fixed-price meal options / Private rooms / Takes Large Groups / Bar