Future Food’s Francis Loughran’s projects and study tours takes him far and wide in search of the best food and the best brands when it comes to food. Over the past few weeks Francis has been reviewing some of New Zealand’s newest and hippest food designations. In part 2, Francis shares with us some of the highlights of his trip to Queen’s Rise in Auckland.
“On my frequent work trips to Auckland over the past the past ten years; I’m pleased to report that Auckland’s food and hospitality landscape has dramatically improved with the non-stop introduction of creditable food and beverage clusters; including Britomart, Ponsonby Central, City Depot, Federal Street and now Queen’s Rise. Located at 125 Queen Street in the heart of the CBD. This new dining destination ticks all boxes as a smart casual dining destination offering a rage of modern on-trend cuisines, The positioning of the food and service can be described café-restaurant style, with each offering a range of full table and or quick counter service. Perfect for the CBD worker, tourist or social catch up. The layout of this first floor space offers a sense of adventure.” said Loughran.
ONE DESTINATION-ELEVEN CUISINES:
The mix of eleven choices provides a good choice of global cuisines. With tastes hailing from Turkey to Tokyo and Naples to New Zealand – our renowned restaurateurs have got you coverer, all day, every day from breakfast to dinner. The interior design can be described at timeless allowing for each of the 11 concepts to stamp their design ranging from sophisticated to relaxed, which is well aligned with the food, it too ranges from restaurant food to grab & go.
Westpac data released last year showed that the denizens of the Super City spent an average of $486 per month at cafes, restaurants and fast-food outlets – and they now have a selection of new options to choose from Turkish-inspired Ottoman Mezze Lounge, healthful Poke Bar and casual dining restaurant Grace. Among the more hyped restaurants is Lowbrow, a new spot launched by Culprit founders Kyle Street and Jordan MacDonald, featuring fried dishes and street food.
“It’s such a diverse offering from all the restaurants that no one’s stepping on each other’s toes,” Macdonald says.
“It’s designed that way. “Other new openings inside the space include Ottoman Mezze Lounge — a new offering from restaurateur Alex Isik, who owns several eateries across Auckland, including Deco Eatery, Bodrum Kitchen and Devon on the Wharf.
Queen’s Rise is an exciting new food destination for Auckland’s CBD. One of many to come. 2019 and beyond will see the opening of Westfield New Market, Commercial Bay, Sylvia Park’s Dining Terrace and Auckland Airport’s new many new hospitality offers. Watch this space as I’ll have a lot to report on Auckland’s new and exciting food and dining scene in the next 12 months and beyond.
To see last week’s Part 1 of the New Zealand food journey – Press Hall in Wellington’s CBD, click here