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Jun 25, 2015 Restaurants

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90 Federal St, central city. Ph 363-6278,
Lunch & dinner 7 days. $$$

Finalist, Best Chef: Nic Watt


Last year’s supreme winner continues its impressive way with one of the most exciting, sophisticated offerings in the city. Nic Watt’s robata grill produces astonishingly delicious food, all beautifully presented, in a bustling room where the mood is informal and yet every element — the décor, the plateware, the works — is exquisitely lovely.

The wine list showcases New Zealand, and while the sake line-up is magnificent, the basic house sake is pretty fine too. Added bonus? You can play “spot the high-rollers”. This is where the casino’s finest come to eat.

A favourite dish: gindara no saikyo-naki (black cod with saikyo yuzu miso, pictured).


4 Spoons

Shared-plate options
Fixed-price meals
Degustation option
Good for vegetarians
Free-range chicken and/or pork
Private room
Takes large groups
Craft beer selection


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