Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Amano
For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Amano restaurant.
Inner-City Bistro—Italian/New Zealand
Hip Group’s newest restaurant is also its grandest, with an open kitchen spanning almost 20 metres, a bakery, multiple sumptuous seating areas and a bar. Dried flowers hang from exposed timber beams and mother-of-pearl, limestone and marble surfaces glitter on the periphery, a rustic yet sophisticated backdrop for food that’s all that. Printed daily to accommodate the best of the day’s fresh seafood, meat and vegetables, Jo Pearson’s extensive menu is characterised by dishes with three to four hero ingredients. They’re elevated to the heights of excellence by a perfectionist’s hand, with fresh pasta made using grains milled on site. The wine list is a lesson in terroir — there’s an Italian and New Zealand version of each variety — while classic cocktails are dressed for the seasons, from summer citrus kiyomi twists to autumnal feijoa.
A favourite dish
Seasonal casonsèi with brown butter and buttermilk.
What it offers
Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection
Hours—B L D 7 days
Chef—Jo Pearson, executive chef; Andrew Hanson, head chef
66-68 Tyler St
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