The forever burgeoning and evolving Viaduct has even more reason to visit with the recent opening of The Original—a spacious, well-thought-out eatery and bar paying homage to the classic Kiwi pub. And who doesn’t like a good pub fed? Meat-centric and all the greasy trimmings along with a good brew is one of life’s simple pleasures. Here at The Original they’ve modernised the classics and ensured they use locally sourced, in season produce. The outcome? Fresh, hearty meals seasoned with a lot of nostalgia.
The starters include beef shin soup, beautiful steamed Cloudy Bay Clams and wild rabbit croquettes. Yes rabbits are cute, but trust us—they aren’t as cute as they are tasty.
The market fish on offer differs everyday, and you’ll likely be faced with the tough option of deciding between a multitude of options. The pork sausage is made in house and served with parsnip, baked apples, pickled cabbage and the all important addition of scratchings.
The menu then moves on to a whole section dedicated to steak—we know. And each cut is cooked over charcoal.. AND, each dish is served with beef dripping chips. We know, we know. Black Angus flat iron, Carolais, dry aged Savannah T-bone. Choose a sauce and a few sides and Bob’s your uncle.
For those that prefer to graze over a tipple there’s a whole menu dedicated to ‘preserved stuff’—house smoked salmon, smoked wild boar ham, malt vinegar mussels, chicken liver parfait or sardines. Served with artisan bread and house pickles it’s the perfect accompaniment to a few tap brews.
The Viaduct has plenty of choices when it comes to wining and dining—but our top pick for a classic, perfectly executed Kiwi-inspired meal would be this new opening. And we’re certain it’s going to be a hive of activity leading up and well into the summer months.
For more deets about The Original, including opening hours, click here.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews