From a worldwide Auckland icon to some of the best hotspots in town, it’s hard to imagine SKYCITY getting any better. Well, folks, they’ve done it again– say hello to your new fave, Spice Alley.
Opening its door this Saturday, make your way to the third level of SKYCITY and follow the sweet aroma for an adventure of flavours. Brought to us by head chef Panthep ‘Pan’ Sae, Spice Alley features a hip fit out, with touches of Pan’s Thai and Chinese heritage throughout. Following an extensive 25 year career as a chef, Pan could not be more thrilled with the result.
“I said to myself that one day I’d make my own food, doing it my way,” Says Pan. “I’m excited to share a new way of eating with guests.”
Putting many years of experiences to good use, Pan and the team have expertly crafted pan-Asian lunch and dinner menus that will take diners taste buds travelling through flavours across the entirety of Asia.
With each dish of epic proportions, the menu has been designed to share including a selection of small plates, salads, soups, bigger things and sweet treats.
To start things off, look no further than the enticing Vietnamese rice paper rolls. Bundling up crisp vegetables, rice noodle, coriander and mint all served alongside tangy nuoc cham dipping sauce.
Now, as you know here at The Urban List, we’re a sucker for pork belly anything. So, you can imagine our delight when faced with the yum mong kup salad - a dish that’s sure to have the whole town talking. The staff favourite is an addictive combination of roast pork belly, fresh green apple, red onion, capsicum, chilli and fish sauce which will easily have you going back for seconds. And with mammoth-sized servings, there’s plenty to share—or not!
A dish of determination, the Singapore noodles are not one to miss. During his extensive travels, Pan came across the dish in Singapore and instantly fell in love. Re-visiting the restaurant ten days in a row, Pan analysed what went into making the dish through the vendor's open kitchen. Having added his own personal flair to the recipe himself, there’s no doubt Pan’s hard work has paid off. With shrimp, BBQ pork, wok fried rice, noodles laden with curry, noodles with capsicum and Chinese white rice this bad boy is one for the foodie bucket list.
Every bit as epic as they sound, the dragon wings are sure to be a foodie favourite. From a recipe of Pan’s mother, the masterpiece features crisp salmon engulfed in a hot and sour sauce, with flavours of Thailand throughout.
Of course, what’s a meal without a cheeky bevvy or two? The ‘signature cocktail’ is everything liquid happiness should be, laden with absolut elyx vodka, peach and vanilla syrup and presented in an elaborate metallic pineapple, it’s one for the gram!
Mark it on your cals! With just two more days till we can make our way down Spice Alley, you have plenty of time to round up the squad and head to the hottest new spot in town.
We’ll see you there!
Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga