Han restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Han is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Smart Restaurant and Best Chef. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

What a treat it is to round the corner and find Han’s cobbled courtyard festooned with fairy lights – magical in the summer – and then inside to a thoroughly modern space, where diners feel cocooned by the slim black screens, which create intimacy and define different areas. Industrial metal cones hanging above beech tables hint at Han’s cuisine and their central dish, a trio of meats DIY grilled over dragonfruit charcoal and wrapped with hand-torn perilla leaves. To appreciate the dexterity of chef-owner Min Baek, order as many of the small plates as the night will allow: the crispy calamari pancake with meltingly tender squid is recommended, as is the bracingly refreshing moochim salad, its spicy sauce paying tribute to Baek’s hometown Busan. Han also serves lunch with more street-inspired meals.

What it offers: Shared-plate options / À la carte menu / Good for vegetarians / Outdoor dining / Bar

A favourite dish: Beetroot ice cream with homemade spongecake and red ginseng meringue

Awards:
Finalist, Best Dish
Finalist, Best Chef: Min Baek

Hours: Lunch Wed-Sat, Dinner Wed-Sun
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$
Chef: Min Baek


Parnell
100 Parnell Rd
Ph 377-0977
hanrestaurant.co.nz



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