15 April 2012


the three course power lunch

Photography by Anna Kidman

We head to an inner city sanctuary and sample one of the fastest gourmet lunches in town.

For most of us, the better part of the working week is unfortunately not dictated by the long lunch, so when the hour of precious time rolls around at midday from Monday through to Friday, we are left with the big decision on ‘what to do for lunch’. Forget last night’s sad leftovers, the takeaway sushi or the last disappointing café sandwich- we have found the ultimate power lunch.

The boutique Hotel DeBrett located at the bottom of High Street in the stately old De Brett’s building is arguably one of the CBD’s best kept secrets, but discovering their new lunch offering is certainly one we left worth sharing. Hotel DeBrett’s in-house restaurant Kitchen’s, new ‘Square Meal’ offering is conveniently served so you can be in and out within one hour.

Head Chef Mark Sycamore is the genius behind the delicious square meal lunch offerings – a gourmet, European cuisine take on the Japanese bento box concept.

For a mere $30, the square meal comes with a three-course meal artfully presented on a dish featuring Hotel DeBrett’s signature stripes, alongside a choice of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc or Pelorus NV from award-winning Cloudy Bay wines. The main courses on the square meal were designed as smaller versions of Kitchen’s la carte menu and upon the notion that this way, a three course meal can be enjoyed in the same time as one main a la carte dish. A choice of pan seared snapper, slow cooked Angus beef or corn fed chicken ballotine is served alongside an entrée of house cured Marlborough salmon and a dessert featuring a delicious take on the Italian tiramisu. On the occasion we visited, we managed to sample all three of the delicious square meal offerings between us, and can safely attest that all are equally as delicious as each other.

Kitchen is set on the second floor of Hotel DeBrett and thanks to the insanely high studs, glass roof and exposed brick walls, you easily could be forgiven for thinking you were sitting on a rooftop courtyard. The swift, impeccable service coupled with the unique take on a ‘bento’ lunch box means this is the kind of lunch you can easily take in under an hour, but yet leave feeling like you’ve spent the better part of your afternoon out of the office.

Thanks to the promise of weekly rotating entrees and desserts and our very satisfied stomachs, Kitchen will certainly be seeing us again very soon for round two.

Square meal lunches 12pm – 3pm daily (including weekends).

Kitchen, Hotel DeBrett

2 High Street

(09) 925 9000


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