Those of you who have been waiting for somewhere to drink really great wine on the north side of Wellington will be thrilled about the opening of Atlas. This wonderful new offering from the team that brought us White-bait brings an up-market enough but casual enough vibe to the less transformed end of the city.
A visit to Atlas feels a little like Melbourne or LA has landed on Customhouse Quay. The interior is kitted out by Nott Architecture and is a sumptuous space with teal velvet, gold accents, dried bouquets and beautiful photography by Wellington artist Simon Woolf. The hustle and bustle is left at the door of this calming and charming space making it the perfect spot for an intimate date, an after work wine or a fun birthday with friends.
Atlas is a wine bar primarily with over 400 wines available but the food offering is its biggest contender. Head Chef James Pask has created a stunningly unique modern New Zealand menu, which draws inspiration from the best of seasonal NZ produce. The menu even helpfully reports how many kilometers away the elderberries, kelp and oysters came, from which in terms of sustainability, is not very far. Diners can expect cuisine that is extremely flexible for such a sophisticated venue with options for sharing as well as the stylish tasting menu. Seafood is a strong point with dishes featuring lemon sole, Whitianga tuna, blue swimmer crab and seasonal shellfish.
Fish isn’t the only thing to salivate over though as Atlas is about highlighting the produce of the season; expect delicious game meats in autumn, beautiful vegetables in spring and summer and red meats and root vegetables in winter.
Atlas aren’t going alone either, they are all about collaborating with the best of the best such as award winning New Zealand wineries like Black Estate. The tasting menu can be wine matched with the collaborator of the week and guest chefs will be a regular occurrence along with regionally focused menus which will be constantly changing and experimental to cater for any taste.
Atlas is not only a high-end restaurant; it is also the perfect spot for a couple of sharing plates and a great glass of wine or two. We needed a high quality place to enjoy flexible world class dining and wine in north Wellington and now we have it. Get in.
Where: 36 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
Monday, Tuesday & Saturday: 16:00—Late
Image credit: Josie McCrickard, Atlas