We’re not quite sure what happened to the languid lunches of yesteryear (actually, we do) but we are ready to see a revival, at least something other than the ‘grab and dash’ variety we so often resort to today. Helping us in this quest is a slew of SKYCITY’s Federal Street eateries — what are regarded as some of Auckland’s best — who are partaking in an exceptional midday meal offering.
The ‘$49 lunch club’ is quite as it seems — diners after an elevated experience can head along to The Sugar Club, Gusto at The Grand, The Grill by Sean Connolly, Orbit 360 dining or MASU by Nic Watt for a lunch like no other. Here, bookings between the hours of 12pm-2.30pm will be offered a limited edition fixed menu.
Gusto, for example, will tout a sharing spread ($49pp) featuring garlic rosemary pizzetta with house-made ricotta, honey and pine nuts, alongside pea and mint bruschetta to start with. Followed by pappardelle duck and pea ragu, grilled snapper with zucchini flowers, Angus flank with salsa verde, and a rocket and pear salad, it’s an ambling, Italian-inspired affair.
At The Sugar Club, it’s more structured, starting with an amuse-bouche, your choice of two mains, an á la carte dessert and a ‘little something’ in-between. And at MASU, a deluxe fish tartar, delicious Coromandel oysters, fresh sashimi, superb nigiri, and a spicy tuna avocado maki roll all make an appearance.
With the bonus of free car-parking for one vehicle included in each ‘lunch club’ booking, if not a special deal of valet parking for $15 dollars, it’s the sort of lunch we could see ourselves indulging in on a week-to-week basis.
To find out more and book a table, click here.