Normally sky-high restaurants are total tourist traps but the Sugar Club really is an exception to the rule. After knocking back a deliciously sweet espresso martini at the bar, we heading to our table and commenced a vegetarian tasting menu. The meal begun with 4 snacks- my favourites being a deconstructed sour cream “pringle” and a crispy polenta square topped with wasabi mayo. First course was a mushroom tartare with served with a buttermilk ice cream, tempura greens and fermented gooseberry. It was a refreshing dish and the contrasting textures made for an interesting mouthfeel. Next was the charcoal carrot which I’d say was the most flavourless dish of the night. Even the macadamia puree and dates that it came with didn’t do enough to create interest for the dish. After this was the cauliflower, which came with toasted rice made for an exciting crunch and Doris plum which added a hint of tart sweetness. Unfortunately was some strange smoky flavour on the dish that did slightly taint it for me. Next was the charred broccoli heart with a brussel sprouts and pickled sea chicory in full oil, which doesn’t sound particularly appetising but turned out to be light and tasty. The stand out of the night surprisingly enough was the roasted cabbage, which came with oyster mushrooms and a tamarind purée which was sweet yet powerful and really blended seamlessly with the cabbage. The goods kept coming with the desserts, which begun with a deconstructed panna cotta with a creamy fig leaf ice cream and honey cake. The dish wasn’t overly sweet and the fig flavour came through powerfully, and I enjoyed that unlike in a regular panna cotta there was variation of texture through the different elements on the plate. We finished with a dark chocolate mousse accompanied by a sharp Kampot pepper icecream, damson and quince. It was rich and decadent, perhaps a little overpowered by the chunks of quince but still a delicious way to end the meal. Overall loved the atmosphere, staff were incredibly attentive and views are out of this world. The presentation of the dishes and quality of the food is impecable, however I wasn’t completely blown away by the vegetarian offerings.
I came here for dinner a while back and was served by Peter Gordon himself (well he brought out the meal and talked to people) the food itself is amazing and i can't fault it, however i still needed more food afterwards to really fill me up
By far the best food experience I ever had in Auckland. An explosion of flavours and textures every time I had another bite. Well balanced dishes and not to mention their exotic nature. Amazing atmosphere at the top of the Sky Tower with awesome costumer service. Definitely a must do in Auckland if you're a food lover.