Get ready to embark upon a gin safari at this lush, jungle-like pop-up.
After blowing the lid off the inaugural pop-up restaurant last year, we were chomping at the bit to find out what Bombay Sapphire had up its sleeve for the follow-up iteration that launches to the public tonight. Held at guest chef Michael Meredith’s Eat My Lunch premises on Galatos Street, the relatively stark space has been transformed into nothing less than an ambient urban jungle.
A suspended contraption, akin to something designed for the stage, has been custom-made to suit the space. From this, hang immense palm fronds and a plentitude of verdant foliage arranged by the talented folk at Blush Flowers — the result being a rainforest-like room within a room, where two full-length benches await eager diners and imbibers. Furthermore, local creative Andrew J Steel has added his artistic touch with a custom designed motif that has been temporarily drawn on the lofty windows and used again on the Project Botanicals menu.
Once guests get past the wonderment of their surrounds, they’ll sit down to a stream of refined dishes that are designed to complement a series of Bombay Sapphire cocktails — each of which will highlight one of the 10 exotic botanicals found within the famous blue bottle. You’d be right to prepare yourself for complex layering and abstract concepts to come into play as some of Auckland’s best bartenders, including Bombay Sapphire ambassador Chase Bickerton, mix up a carefully devised lineup of cocktails.
With some exquisite Merediths-designed pairing dishes destined to go down a treat, and with the addition of an intimate bar space in which to linger, Project Botanicals is sure to live up to our lofty expectations. Not to mention, there will also be the chance to take home a limited edition Andrew J Steel print, Bombay Sapphire cocktail kit, or Blush bouquet from the pop-up shop.
This pop-up has now closed.
5 Galatos Street