7 Fort Lane,
(09) 929 2703
The ViewAuckland Review
Lined in heritage bricks with seating options including bistro-style chairs and big shared tables. By day, Imperial Lane is an offshoot of Newmarket’s Scandinavian-style Elske bakery, and after dark it morphs into a tapas and wine bar with occasional weekend DJs.
Smooth and efficient in keeping with Imperial Lane’s cosmopolitan Melbourne-style laneways ambience.
Juices, mineral waters and smoothies from Charlies and San Pellegrino, and a shortish winelist concentrating on smaller, more interesting Kiwi vineyards. Unfortunately the beer list is very pedestrian with a multi-national big brand focus, and no evidence of the many craft beers now available from around the country.
Tasty seafood tapas including Paroa Bay oysters with a yuzu dressing ($4), smoked octopus and chorizo ($14), and tuna sashimi ($14).
Most Surprising Dish
The designer Mexican flavours of black beans with a cumin crema, lime onions, and blue corn chips ($10).
The Bottom Line
A confident and cosmopolitan new opening, making the most of a great heritage space, and delivering well-executed international flavours.
A Reason To Return
To sample Imperial Lane’s impressive charcuterie selection including Black Forest ham, Sunka prosciutto, and Spanish salami. $12 to $16 per plate is still a lot cheaper than a flight to Berlin, Brno or Bilbao.
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