Lillius restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

Lillius restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Lillius in Grafton is Auckland's newest fine diner.

It’s a perfectionist’s dream at the city’s newest fine diner, positioned just around the corner from The French Café. Every dish on Lillius’s three- and five-course menus is the product of minute attention to detail, a quiet commitment that resonates through every aspect of the experience here, down to the scrupulously clean amenities. In the open kitchen at the far end of the long, booth-lined dining room, Fraser McCarthy (ex-The Grove and Merediths) favours whole beasts and using plants from root to tip, taking pride in serving such surprises as wild venison with pickled mushrooms, smoked egg and leeks, while his partner, fellow chef and co-owner Shannon Vandy – also formerly of The Grove – takes charge of the careful service out front.

What it offers Fixed-price meals / Dégustation options / Takes large groups / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Craft beer selection
A favourite dish Goats’ cheese croquettes with Kamahi honey
Awards Finalist, Best New Fit-out
Bookings Yes
Price
$$$
Seats 35
Hours Lunch Fri-Sun, Dinner Wed-Sun
Chef Fraser McCarthy

lillius.co.nz
19 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton
Ph 217-4069

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