Auckland’s new courtyard dining precinct

Owned by culinary visionaries Sid and Chand Sahrawat, the launch of Anise earlier this month marks a new beginning for the Auckland dining scene.

Anise opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by The French Cafe, which has moved to
a dining room on the opposite side of the courtyard at the Symonds Street premise, creating a mini dining precinct housing the two restaurants wrapped around a delightful outdoor courtyard.

Anise is a brand-new concept for the Sahrawats, who also own Cassia at SkyCity, and KOL in Ponsonby. A casual pan-Asian eatery, the debut menu will change with the seasons and is designed for sharing. Expect glimpses of flavours from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Cambodia, and China.

The menu is paired with an array of beverages, including an artfully crafted cocktail list designed to complement the diverse culinary offering, while the wine selection, curated by sommelier and restaurant manager Aleksandr Shchepetkin is a journey through the modern wine movement highlighting exquisite offerings from countries including Japan, Syria, Lebanon, and China.

Images: Babiche Martens

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