Highly Commended: Best Drinks List
“Still the sexiest dining room in Auckland,” said one of our judges, “by far.” She was talking about the super-comfortable tan leather circular booths, the fine hanging-chain screens that divide the room into discrete dining areas without allowing the lovely sense of space to close in, the beautiful lighting globes and the wonderfully subtle pools of light they create over each table. Looking for a place for a very special night, as a couple or a group? Clooney will set you up nicely. The food, too, under the direction of Des Harris, features a subtle mix of flavours and is intricately prepared, while the drinks list has always been one of the strongest in the city. Expect that to continue: Gary Olasz, the consummately knowledgeable and charming maître d’/sommelier at Imperial Lane’s former fine-dining jewel Roxy, has joined the Clooney crew. This is a go-ahead restaurant: the pop-up bistro that flourished in Shortland St over the summer, The Hamptons, was a Clooney venture, and there’s every sign of more initiatives like that to come. $$$$$
A favourite dish: Jasmine pannacotta with lychee, raspberries and muscovado meringue.
Degustation options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Private room / Bar / Craft beer selection