Psst! We’ve discovered a restaurant that makes all of your foodie dreams come true. Introducing Feriza’s—the likes of which we’ve never seen before in the City of Sails. Brought to you by the famous Nazar Group (the peeps behind Devon On The Wharf, Bodrum Kitchen and Deco Eatery, amongst others) Feriza’s brings the authentic tastes of the Ottoman Empire right to our shores and we couldn’t be any. More Excited.
Twenty years in the making, Feriza’s is a true Turkish delight. Named after co-owner Feriza Isik, the restaurant was a gift to her from her younger brother, Alex.
You’ll find this restaurant conveniently located on Jellicoe Street—it’s another great addition to the bustling Wynyard Quarter precinct. Step inside this beauty and you’ll feel that you have just entered a stunning scene from Turkey. The room is warmed with turquoise tones and hand-painted murals. Banquet seating runs down the left side of the restaurant revealing a shared dining space. Authentic, engraved silver plates and heavy copper cutlery, both designed by Alex, made in Turkey and shipped over to New Zealand complete the feeling of a Middle Eastern oasis.
Boasting breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that will have you weak at the knees, Feriza’s is set to become a favourite with locals and office workers alike.
“We believe Auckland is ready for a taste of the Ottoman and a warm, Turkish welcome,” explains Feriza. “We want everyone to feel like family when they walk through the doors and as satisfied as we did eating our grandmother’s food.”
The drinks menu promises to delight every sense, with part of it dedicated solely to different variations of the Gin and Tonic, as well as an innovative cocktail menu. We recommend the Raki Instanmule—tall and refreshing, it’s a Turkish take on—you guessed it—a Moscow Mule.
Raki, otherwise known as Lion's Milk, is the national spirit of Turkey. Made from the double distillate of grapes, with no added sugar and a mild anise flavour, we’re told Raki is serious business in Turkey. It’s the go-to spirit for both celebrations and commiserations. Move over tequila, a new best friend is in town!
In the dining room, you’ll find contemporary Turkish fare, inspired by the Isik’s grandmother. She was the legend who taught Alex and Feriza how to cook and they’ve taken that knowledge and then infused it with a little New World luxe. The Calamari Salad immediately caught our eye, lightly dusted in flour and flash-fried, it is tender and juicy, tossed with giant beans, fresh tomato and curly endive.
We also recommend The Feast—A palatal plate of smokey, char-grilled beef, chicken and Sujak served with a Bulgar pilaf. Alongside, there’s yoghurt, hummus and fresh tomato salsa. Here, put down that knife and fork and eat with your hands! This is one place to layer and wrap your succulent food in all its delicious goodness.
Deserts here are made with colour and texture in mind—and they’re a total standout. The Loukoumades comprises deep-fried doughnut balls, crispy on the outside, soft and deliciously doughy on the inside, served with crunchy walnut and pistachio ice-cream and decadent chocolate sauce. And don’t miss the Kunefe—a Middle Eastern cheese pastry, reminiscent of Baklava, soaked in lemon and honey, baked with cheese and served with pistachio ice-cream. Are you drooling yet??
Round out your feast with traditional Turkish coffee and, of course, house-made Turkish Delight. Trust us, the impending foody baby is well worth it!
Image credit: Kate Rose