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Lillius restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Lillius is a finalist for Metro Peugeot's Restaurant of the Year 2019's Best Fine-Dining Restaurant. Read our review to find out why.

Lillius restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

May 2, 2019 Restaurants

Lillius  is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Fine-Dining Restaurant, Best Service and Best Wine List. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

The appeal of Lillius, a recent addition to Auckland’s fine dining at the city-end of Khyber Pass Road, is that chef Fraser McCarthy’s fastidious approach to its three- and five-course fine-dining menus doesn’t come at the expense of a satisfying warmth. While the menu changes every few weeks, our visits included a mix of vegan dishes, vegetable-forward meat dishes, and wild-shot meaty indulgences, all precise yet not so refined as to be clinical. The wine list includes an inspired selection of minor varieties and little-known producers, both ‘natural’ and not, but, unless you’re in the mood for something in particular, the pairings are, by turn, surprising and comforting.

What it offers: Set-menu options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large groups / Natural wine

A favourite dish: Crown pumpkin with fermented coffee and hemp

Finalist, Best Dish
Finalist, Best Service
Finalist, Best Wine

Hours: Lunch Fri-Sun, Dinner Wed-Sun
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$$
Chef: Fraser McCarthy

19 Khyber Pass Rd
Ph 217-4069

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