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Clooney restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

A review of Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Clooney.

Clooney restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

Jun 21, 2018 Restaurants

Clooney restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

Clooney restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Clooney offers fine dining on Sale Street in Freemans Bay

Owner Tony Stewart has bounced back from the much-publicised departure of chef Jacob Kear last year, having had a change of heart about initial plans to close the restaurant. He’s brought on board highly regarded Taipei-born, Tokyo-raised Nobu Lee, formerly of Australia’s Marque and Vue de Monde, who is creating some exquisite dishes with exclusively New Zealand ingredients – think bull horn pepper, kiwano (horned melon) and harissa, or Auckland Island langoustine and anglaise with leek and Matapouri banana. An à la carte option is now offered as well as the seven-course-plus-canapés dégustation. With spotlit tables and dramatic black-string curtains, the ambience remains moody and intense; the drinks list is excellent and the service is as polished and knowledgeable as ever.

What it offers Dégustation options / Good for vegetarians / Tea and non-alcoholic pairings / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Craft beer selection / Private dining room / Takes large groups
A favourite dish Tortellini with a light gnocchi dough, mushroom farce, pine nuts and truffle
Bookings Yes
Hours Dinner Tue-Sun
Price $$$
Seats 80
Chef Nobu Lee
33 Sale St, Freemans Bay
Ph 358-1702

See here for all of Metro’s Top 50 Auckland restaurants for 2018


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