Things are looking up if you work around Wynyard with an outpost of Chefs Gallery opening up at MetCentre. Just like the original, you’ll find a glass-walled kitchen that allows you to enjoy the theatre of hand-stretched noodle making while your dish is prepared to order as you wait.
Restaurant at 3 Weeds
This pub’s a cosy spot to hole up on a cold and blustery night; from happy hour in the comfortable front bar where I sink an Austrian Stiegl ($4/middy), to the dark brown wine bar with pressed tin ceilings; the chic red lounge, or the popular (though more cavernous) back bar.
You’d be forgiven for thinking designer Mike Delany dropped a tab of acid before choosing this riotous colour scheme. It’s alarming, that is until a few Panamargaritas ($17) get your lips tingling with jalapeno, aloe drink, agave and tequila, and ease you into the swing of things.