Hidden food temple on K' Road: Apero

I have to let you in on a hidden gem, situated on the controversial K' road, Apero. Cosy, yet elegant, this is a sophisticated wine bar and food temple that will provide you with one for the most memorable meals in Auckland you'll ever have. The food isn't fussy or pretentious, the kitchen is generous in both portion sizes and flavour, the service is friendly; warm, yet professional and the interior resembles an European wine bar in the most pleasant way possible.


The french influenced food  showcases the best quality local ingredients each season has to offer.
We started with a "bag of bread" served with salted Lewis Road Creamery butter. The bread, warm and freshly baked by Paris-trained baker Tetsuya Namekawa of La Voie Francaise bakery is absolutely heavenly slathered with sweet, decadent, milky grass-fed butter. When we asked for extra olive oil, we were given a generous dish of local, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and another generous portion of butter, free of charge and at no hesitation. That's what I call quality service. Through this simple bag of bread and butter, we could already see the amount of care and attention Apero placed in their food.

The pan fried blue mackerel with mustard and dill . The salty, oily fish contrasted with the creamy, light dill -mustard cream delighted my tastebuds and left me wanting more. The house-made pork sausage with pickles and mustard is a must try, rich, meaty, chunky and full of flavour. Brussel sprouts with mustard chantilly were lovingly pan seared, with a decadent mustard cream, caramelised shallots and tender, sweet roasted tomatoes bursting with flavour.

Although the passionfruit souffle and fejoa cheesecake sounded very alluring, we were too satisfied with dessert. Thank you Apero for such a wonderful night with such brilliant food and cosy atmosphere. We will be back soon!

Update 12 April 2016: Apero has made it to Metro Top 50 Restaurants of 2016!
They have also won the award for Best Restaurant Bar and Best Value for Money. Congratulations. 

Apero is the first restaurant of Leslie Hottiaux and Mo Koski. Leslie Hottiaux does the kitchen while Mo Koski does front of the house and wine. 
Ph: 09-373 4778
Aderess: 280 Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand 1010


SFG said...

Great review Cindy – this is one of EHN's favourites too. I want to go back now!


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