The Sugar Club (2)
Sky Tower, corner Federal & Victoria Sts, central city. Ph 363-6365, skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants/the-sugar-club.
Lunch Wednesday-Sunday; dinner 7 days. $$$
The demise of SkyCity’s buffet in the clouds and its replacement with the sleekly inviting new Peter Gordon restaurant The Sugar Club was a real turning point in Auckland dining. Now, when you have overseas visitors, there’s pride in taking them up to the 53rd level of the Sky Tower. And when you want to impress your date or cosset your loved one in Milan-esque deco charm, you can come here for that too. The Sugar Club has worked hard to overcome the initially below-par service, and you’ll be well looked after. There are Italian leanings to the food; also very evident is Peter Gordon’s lifelong passion for Asian fusion — it’s most enthusiastically and sympathetically put to use in the desserts, which are a cut above so many ho-hum sweet offerings around town. There are nostalgia dishes too, including fillet steak with pesto, served just the way he did it, shockingly at the time, in the 80s.
A favourite dish: Paddle crab and saffron linguine.
Fixed-price meals / Degustation / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection