A new precinct has sprung up in the bustling west end of Victoria Street, and the first resident open for business is the aptly named, Vikki Lane Bar & Kitchen. Owned by a delightful pair, David Robinson and Graham Fairest, this welcoming duo are no strangers to the hospo scene, both starting their careers as chefs back in ol’ England, and more recently heading Shortland Street haunt, Wine Loft.
As you might have guessed, there is an attractive lane dotted with bar leaners and tables, inside a large restaurant and bar area. The all day eatery has taken inspiration from Melbourne, New York and London offerings with a menu that caters to all taste buds.
For breakfast they’ve kept it simple, with old school bacon butties on offer, along with sausage sandwiches, or mince or creamy mushrooms on toast. If I worked in the area I’d be extremely tempted to grab a buttie to go along with a good brew of L’affare coffee most mornings.
The main menu begins at lunch and carries through until the evening. It’s broken up into snacks and small plates—the perfect little pairings to that after work vino. There’s also stone-baked pizzas and a nod to their motherland with a selection of Grey Lynn Butchers’ sausages, each served with perfectly matched accompaniments—try the classic beef and garlic that sits pretty on top of crushed spuds and caramelised onion gravy. Or go for venison with roasties and spiced plum sauce. Pork and chardonnay sausages only get better served alongside creamy risotto, and the lamb, rosemary and garlic bangers are a winner with creamed kumera and mint sauce. There’s big plates with a selection of classics, fish of the day, incredibly tender pork belly, lamb shanks and prime scotch fillet.
Vikki Lane is set to please the inhabitants of the surrounding area—that’s a given. But I would suggest next time you’re in the city to pay these guys a visit—you won’t be disappointed.
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Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews