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
Chef: Fraser McCarthy