Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Ph 360-2122, sidart.co.nz.
Lunch Friday, dinner Tuesday-Saturday. $$$
Joint runner-up, supreme award / Best fine-dining restaurant / Best chef: Sid Sahrawat / Finalist, best service
Spectacular is a good word for it. Some of the most interesting and inventive food in the city is being served at Sidart. Chef and owner Sid Sahrawat (pictured) is at the top of his game, pushing the realms of texture and taste in fine-dining cuisine. The dining room, upstairs from a dingy arcade, is a haven of warmth and aesthetic calm; there’s wonderfully knowledgeable service led by maître d’ Amanda Rogers, and fantastic wines to match. Last year, they added a chef’s table for four to six people, an extra element to add to the experience. And that was on top of the exceptional-value test kitchen — $80 on Tuesdays for an eight-course culinary experiment. Wines to match are available by the half glass, too. Sidart serves up a dining experience that leaves lasting memories.
A favourite dish: Feijoa icecream with mango, lychee, and tarragon marshmallow.
Fixed-price meals / Degustation / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Craft beer selection