Innovative Asian cuisine and cocktails combine at this temporary K' Road offering.
Thanks to the grey filter this wintery weather has placed over our fair city (not to mention the rain and the wind that comes with it), the drive to get out and about has recently been at an all-time low. Thankfully, a new K’ Road pop-up has arrived just in time to address these antisocial tendencies — Judge Bao x Love Bucket.
Giving us some much-needed motivation, the collaboration highlights the best of both through a succinct six-dish, drink-paired menu. Though straightaway we should mention that there are — brace yourselves here — no bao on the menu. Diehard JB fans need not despair, for what has been created is exceptional. There’s the Tako Poké, that sees braised baby octopus served up with sharp kimchi, shiso and nori shards, as well as a Korean-Japanese mac ‘n’ cheese where thick rice discs come submerged in a smoked Jack sauce. The crowning glory, however, is undoubtedly the four-hour braised turkey, that is cooked in a mandarin and spice-filled stock before being plated up with a generous sprinkling of slow-roasted peanuts and refreshing apple and coriander slaw.
Pairing each dish to a wine or cocktail, the Love Bucket team has even given their house gin and tonic a Hong Kong five-spice tint. Infusing the sweet mix with Szechuan pepper, black and pink peppercorns, ginger and lime zest, the powers behind the bar have captured the JB essence in phenomenal liquid form.
Sadly destined to be a short-lived affair, the LB x JB collaboration will only run until the end of May, so we suggest you make haste. A cosy place to avoid the adverse weather conditions, best stop by soon.
Judge Bao at Lovebucket
4pm-late, Thursday-Saturday until the end of May.
Love Bucket x Judge Bao
K' Rd Food Workshop
309 Karangahape Road
(09) 869 2469