Hello Beasty is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Casual Restaurant and Best New Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
Stuart Rogan (ex-group executive chef for Good Group) and wife Emma opened their sassy new Viaduct spot late last year, delivering a “mash-up” of dishes inspired by travels to Japan, Korea and China. There’s great energy here, from the punchy murals and pops of vibrant colour – like the pink neon cat beckoning you inside, a modern nod to maneki-neko – to the light, bright interior, which works with Hello Beasty’s fun, casual food. The fusion seems thoughtful rather than tokenistic, paying appropriate homage to the origins of each dish. Go with a group to really open up the menu, zig-zagging from the tangy-sour crunch of kimchi, to the freshness of sashimi, to the indulgence of a slow-cooked lamb shoulder in Sichuan sauce that comes with a stack of spring-onion flatbreads for DIY wraps. A great new go-to gem by the waterfront.
What it offers: Shared-plate options / À la carte / Good for vegetarians and vegans (separate menu) / Outdoor dining / Takes large groups / Bar
A favourite dish: Korean fried cauliflower with spicy gochujang glaze and roasted sesame seeds
Finalist, Best New Restaurant
Finalist, Restaurant Personality of the Year: Katie Woodhead
Hours: Lunch/dinner 7 days
Chef: Stuart Rogan
95-97 Customs Street West
Ph 021 554-496
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