Spicy BBQ chicken

Presenting seven exceptional reasons to visit Hello Beasty this weekend

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again — Hello Beasty is one of the most delicious fusion eateries in the city, consistently serving up a taste of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese-inspired cuisine with something for everyone. And this month, the vibrant Viaduct Harbour eatery is building on its extensive menu, unveiling a number of satisfying and flavour-packed new dishes and drinks, conceived with the changing seasons in mind.

Left: Shokupan Japanese Milk Bread. Right: Heart and Seoul Cocktail
NZ Wagyu Beef, Shiitake and Black Pepper Potsticker Dumplings

The Shokupan Japanese Milk Bread with garlic, shiro, dashi and parsley butter (Hello Beasty’s take on the classic Kiwi garlic bread) is an impossibly fluffy morsel as light as air, and a more than perfect place to start. The delectable new potsticker dumpling iteration with NZ Wagyu beef, shiitake and black pepper served with garlic shoots, ginger and spring onion (on a bed of the eatery’s infamous housemade crunchy chilli, of course) is a must-try, ticking all of the soul-warming, craving-satisfying boxes.

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Crispy-Fried Brussel Sprouts
Right: Crispy Salt & Pepper Pork Belly Gua Bao

Elsewhere on the menu, the new Crispy Salt & Pepper Pork Belly Gua Bao with pickled cucumber, chilli, and tamarind and lime sauce is an intriguing combination of flavours, conjuring the crisp, savoury tastes of salt and pepper squid combined with subtly sweet and juicy pork belly, paired perfectly with a hit of fresh pickled cucumber and a tasty sauce, all housed in a springy bao bun. Sublime. And the umami Crispy-Fried Brussel Sprouts with soubise, white miso and furikake is an essential addition to any table.

From the Hibachi, a Double Lamb Cutlet is served with tare, moromi miso eggplant, and spicy broad bean romesco, while a Spicy BBQ Chicken is served atop a chickpea, black garlic and sesame purée, finished with pickled cucumber and fresh turmeric.

Left: Beasty Martini. Right: Double Lamb Cutlet

On the drinks front, the Seoul Cocktail and the Beasty Martini have our attention. The martini, a heady mix of either Roku gin or Haku vodka, tomato and black pepper vermouth and lemon oil offers a unique take on the drink of the moment (and a delicious one at that), while the Heart and Seoul Cocktail pairs Hwayo Soju with Grey Goose vodka, rhubarb liqueur, rhubarb and raspberry shrub, lemon, and egg white, resulting in a libation that’s as stunning to imbibe as it is to behold.

Offering inventive fare sure to satisfy, in a vibrant spot that always promises a delightful dining experience, Hello Beasty is an eatery worthy of your attention. And with a number of exceptional new menu items to choose from, there’s only one thing for it — round up a group and book a table for the weekend ahead.


Image credit: Luke Foley-Martin


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