Auckland now has its very own authority on cuisine from the Ottoman Empire.
The Ottoman Empire is not only famed for being one of the largest, most powerful and longest lasting in history, it also happens to be renowned for its culinary diversity. Incorporating flavours from Turkey, Greece and the Middle East, Auckland now has its very own authority with new Wynyard Quarter eatery, Feriza’s (Kitchen, Bar and Gözleme).
Located where the short-lived Kindred once was, restaurateur Alex Isik (Deco Eatery), along with his wife Nigar Ivgen, named the restaurant after his older sister Feriza. The slick interior is the result of a collaboration between architects Pennant & Triumph and interior designer Hayley Brown from NY Art Dept. It’s a considered blend of traditional and modern design, featuring Turkish tiling, a forest green palette, deep blue and dusty pink velvet banquet-style seating, copper and brass accents, a marble bar, copper-wrapped pizza oven, authentic Turkish silverware, and a glass louvred courtyard allowing for easy exterior seating year-round.
The all-day eatery is a great place to kick start your mornings with an authentic Turkish coffee, served on a beautiful silver tray with a coconut covered Turkish Delight hidden under a mini cloche. Or drop in for a mezze platter later in the day and nibble away at the gözleme — a flatbread famed for its availability in every home — from the menu that is designed to be shared, with a few standalone dishes. From the saffron, Freekeh pilaf stuffed chicken served with labneh and vegetables to the market fish, mussels, squid and shrimp roasted in a clay dish with vegetables, tomato sauce, mozzarella and Turkish bread, the extensive menu is anything but dull.
With a beverage menu dedicated to gin and tonics, a curated wine list, Asahi and a few other beers on tap it’s the addition of Raki that adds to the authenticity. A traditional drink often enjoyed in times of celebration, it comes with an array of drinking etiquettes, so we suggest you get yourself down to the opulent new eatery for a lesson.
9am-late, seven days
Feriza's Kitchen, Bar and Gozleme
7/12 Jellicoe St
(09) 600 2088