Lillius, a fine dining establishment that serves up innovative, modern Kiwi cuisine, is collaborating with the iconic Champagne brand, Perrier-Jouët for a one-day-only exclusive long lunch. Lillius’ Head Chef, Fraser McCarthy and Perrier-Jouët’s Champagne Ambassador, Ophélie Neil have carefully created a menu of food and Perrier-Jouët pairings which work in perfect harmony, making this a dining experience to remember.
The five-course menu will showcase the best of New Zealand cuisine, featuring a range of the country’s premium produce, seafood and meat. After being treated to a flute of Perrier-Jouët Champagne on arrival guests will start their lunch experience with a Kingfish dish served with pear, almonds, seaweed and a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV. Other dishes diners have to look forward to, include oysters with crispy chicken and dill paired with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc 2011 and a succulent duck dish served with grapefruit and kumara and paired with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2005. Those who have dined at Lillius before will be aware of Chef McCarthy’s talent in the kitchen, but if you haven’t yet, this is the perfect opportunity to experience the culinary wizard first hand – he’s guaranteed to bring forth some of his best work to date.
Putting the cherry on top, the final course will be paired with a glass of Martell Cordon Bleu. The complex cognac, characterised by its bold and distinct aromas of fruity plums, coffee mocha, toasted almonds and gingerbread makes for the perfect drop to pair with a dessert. Chef McCarthy is elevating the cognac with a chocolate and tamarillo dish, which will work beautifully to bring the fruity and smoky cocoa flavours to the fore.
The collaborative long lunch will be taking place at Lillius’ Grafton restaurant on Sunday, 11th August from 1pm. Tickets are $150 per person and are now available to purchase via email, here. Set to be a sell-out event, we suggest you get in quick, lest you miss out on this unprecedented, gastronomic experience.