Remuera residents, rejoice! New opening, The Corner, is your new local providing simple food done well, executed with modern flair. Sitting—you guessed it—on the corner of Upland Road shops, this refined gastro pub is exactly what the neighboured was begging for.
Owner, Patrick Kean has partnered with ol’ friend Lucien Law (the man behind a handful of your Britomart favourites). Patrick has dreamt of owning his own eatery since he was a kid, and it would seem hospitality is in his blood. Both his father and grandfather are restaurateurs and, after deciding that the Marketing-rat-race was no longer for him he hunted high and low for a suitable space to call his own. When he laid eyes on this prominent location, he knew it had to be his!
Making his dream a reality, The Corner’s interiors are polished and plush. The oak furnishings and trimmings are contrasted with deep turquoise coverings on the stools and chairs. The room is broken up into bar area, dining room and a central pass that contains hidden booths.
The food isn’t intimidating, or scary—they’ve highlighted local produce in its purest form with the intention of letting the few ingredients on each dish do the talking. To start, the trevally ceviche gets an added flavour punch thanks to the addition of avocado, radish, cucumber, chilli and coriander. The beef carpaccio boasts a perfectly fried oyster, salty pickles, crispy croutons, watercress and an anchovy mayonnaise which adds a piquant complexity.
Mains are somewhat typical of a ‘pub.’ Each dish has a protein star-of-the-show and is served with flavour appropriate additions. What’s not-so-typical is the finesse each dish is executed with—you certainly won’t find dishes like this at any other local. The snapper has the all-important crispy skin, the perfectly paired peas are jazzed up with confit lemon, mint, wasabi and pistachio butter. The grilled pork belly is a playful take on Asian flavours. Tender and caramelised, it’s paired with kim chi slaw, picked apples, chilli, crispy shallots and cashews.
Or, if you’re just in the mood to graze, we suggest claiming a spot in bustling bar area and order one of their perfectly poured cocktails along with a bar snack. The old school scotch egg is our pick—insanely crispy on the outside and inside a gooey soft boiled egg is encased with mince, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried to perfection.
Regardless of whether you’re a local, or not, The Corner is certainly a splendid way to wile away an afternoon or evening. Here, you can be certain you’ll enjoy top notch libations, impeccable food, brilliant service and great atmosphere. There’s no doubt this new opening has knocked it out of the park.
For more details on The Corner, including opening hours, click here.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews