Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Gemmayze St

by Metro / 30 June, 2017

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Gemmayze St.

Photo Ken Downie

Photo Ken Downie

Gemmayze St

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City-Fringe Bistro—Modern Lebanese

After five years alongside Ben Bayly at The Grove, chef Samir Allen didn’t plan to open his first restaurant last year. But when the opportunity arose to occupy one of Auckland’s very special venues (the park end of St Kevins Arcade), he couldn’t say no. Thank goodness. With his mother, Liane Farry, he’s created a bubble of Lebanese hospitality that reflects the family’s 129-year history in New Zealand. Named for Beirut’s vibrant dining street, Gemmayze St encourages diners to order the Lebanese way. Say “jeeb” — Arabic for “bring” — and for $60, a selection of exquisite dishes will appear. Staples such as baba ganoush, hummus and falafel have smart-dining finesse — the use of pickled turnip in the falafel and Allen’s ability to present hummus elegantly are special touches — and sourness, the secret to comfortable feasting, is rightly appreciated.

A favourite dish
Kibbeh bi sayneyeh: lamb, burghul, pinenuts, pomegranate molasses and mint.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Fixed-price meal options ($60 “jeeb” offer) / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good Lebanese wine selection / Good for kids / Takes large groups

Hours—L Thu & Fri; D Tue-Sat
Bookings—Yes
Price—$
Seats—80
Chef—Samir Allen

K’ RD PRECINCT
Shop 15-16
St Kevins Arcade
183 Karangahape Rd
Ph 600-1545
@gemmayze_st on Instagram


Click below for each restaurant's review 

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Artwok
Augustus Bistro
Azabu
Baduzzi
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Casita Miro
Cassia
Cazador
Cibo
Clooney
Cocoro
Coco's Cantina
Culprit
Depot
Ebisu
Euro
Federal Delicatessen
Gusto at the Grand
Ima
Kazuya
Masu
Merediths
Molten
MooChowChow
O'Connell Street Bistro
Orphans Kitchen
Ortolana
Paris Butter
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Saan
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