Ming Bar (Opium)

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At Opium,
291 - 297 Queen Street,
Auckland Central
Auckland,


(09) 379 0888

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Review byEm Jackson4/09/2006

4 out of 5

“Mysterious by day, forbidden by night”—or, so Ming Bar’s blurb goes.

Well, last Friday we prepared to test that statement by paying a visit to Ming Bar, located within Opium.

The red carpet leading to the staircase is all about glitz and glamour you’d think, but with literally no-one within earshot and no bulbs flashing, it just appears a bit, well, naff really.

A giant Buddha statue is the main feature that initially catches your eye within the entry foyer; however the sultry crimson finish on the walls is a prelude to the delights within.

We are not disappointed. The dark wood, electric blue neon lighting and tasteful Asian-influences all work in unison to create a relaxed, yet fairly sophisticated, atmosphere.

The restaurant is located at the far end of the long, narrow space. However, it is the very well stocked bar that we’re here for.

The Lychee Caipiranha was worth the $17; and by all accounts, my partner’s Givali Mantis (a concoction featuring drambuie, ginger, vanilla, manuka vodka and lime) was just as good.

A good range of reasonably priced beers and wines are on offer and—a nice drop of Mt Riley Pinot at $12 was to be my next order. There’s also a small list of staff-created shooters: Daniel’s ‘Pink satin panty remover’ sounded interesting … maybe next time.

This night, Ming Bar was humming. It’s hard to tell what type of clientele the place attracts (a fair portion of the guests were obviously having after-work drinks), but gauging by the other guests, it’s a fairly young, sophisticated and monied scene.

At one end of the bar, there’s a series of lockers for their most valued (and valuable clients). Apparently costing $5,000 a pop (with which they receive a $4,000 dining tab), not one locker was available—maybe just not for me!

There are few places that can pull off mixing terracotta warriors, Bolliwood music and twiggy prints, but Ming does it well.

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