Auckland , North Island
Tel: 64 9 368 4129
Concierge.com's insider take:
Rising star Sid Sahrawat's innovative dishes have won him raves ever since he took over Grove's kitchen in the winter of 2006. The restaurant, tucked behind St. Patrick's Cathedral in Auckland's city center, draws a corporate lunch crowd—but some dedicated foodies at night. There's a nine-course tasting menu, but you can also order à la carte dishes like rare beef "agnolotti" (thin slices of meat rolled around burnt-butter ice-cream) and slow-roasted free-range pork belly with lobster tempura, slivers of green apple, and Savoy cabbage. The 200-label wine list has a good selection by the glass; the sommelier will also sell you a half-bottle on request. Of the restaurant's two dining rooms, the more spacious, less clamorous back room is the best choice.
Closed Sundays. No lunch on Saturdays.