Kia ora, Kiwis. Auckland’s newest eatery, The Lula Inn, is giving us a taste of home in the most glorious fashion—who knew Kiwi cuisine could be so fine?!
Far from slapping a steak and some sausies on the barbie and saying ‘she’ll be right’, this new opening is a little more refined. You might have to step out of your jandals for this one.
Overlooking the glistening harbour, this pozzy is perfect for eating (and drinking) the day away. The Lula Inn's mouth-watering menu takes traditional Kiwi dishes are taken to a whole new level. We're talking fish and chips battered with golden lager and Takapoto steak with garlic butter and a flavoursome parsley salad. Even the humble potato is transformed—think fried Agria potatoes paired with Dijon and almond.
Head Chef Sam Clark marries together the familiar and the not-so-familiar—such as condensed milk and lettuce, respectively. This effective technique will make even the fussiest kids eat their greens. Ka pai, Sam.
Leave room for dessert because these classics have also been Kiwified. Choose between the likes of cheesecake mousse with an afghan biscuit crumb or apple crumble with nashi, miso and ginger. However, the most enticing option has got to be the raspberry chocolate fish—you can’t get more Kiwi than that!
Lula’s celebrates New Zealand’s Pacific heritage with some delicious cocktail concoctions. Pacific punch features a classic combo of pineapple and rum with a naughty dollop of coconut ice-cream. Our advice? Sip on this and embrace island time. And it wouldn’t be a true New Zealand drinkery without featuring a selection of craft beers to keep those beer bellies up to scratch.
Better yet, from Thursday to Sunday, Lula turns up the heat with live souls and funk artists to groove the night away.
There's no denying it, The Lula Inn is the whole package. It will be on the fast track to becoming your new fave hang-out!