Gemmayze St is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Casual Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
By dusk, the back end of St Kevin’s Arcade is transformed into a dream, just the backdrop of Myers Park and jutting Sky Tower to remind you that, yes, you are in Auckland. It comes to life each and every night with groups bumping elbows to swipe the last piece of bread and couples in mismatched chairs knocking knees by the romantic leadlight windows. Chef Samir Allen draws upon a rich, bountiful history to create exquisite Lebanese food, starting with silky-smooth hummus – made pretty around a pool of paprika oil – smoky baba ghannouj, and a wonderful tabbouleh. Save yourself from making impossible decisions and just say “jeeb” (‘bring’ in Arabic) to experience a succession of the night’s best dishes whisked from the kitchen to the table, a feast which reads like a love letter to family tradition.
What it offers: Shared-plate options / Set-menu options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large groups / Bar / Good for kids
A favourite dish: Hummus
Finalist, Peugeot People's Choice Award for Best Dish
Hours: Dinner Tue-Sat
Chef: Samir Allen