I’ve quite enjoyed two new eateries in the city lately, for totally different reasons.
UPDATE: Bastardo has now gone for a slightly more refined Italian plates-style, with more focus on modern/contemporary and less on olde-world New York-Italian. The white tablecloths and formal dress of the staff have gone, but the dessert trolley remains!
Bastardo has oodles of olde-worlde charm and classy comfort food, while Two Grey is more of a modern brasserie for catching up with friends over a drink and tasty bites.
Bastardo on Tory Street (the old Pan de Muerto) is brought to us by the Cicio Cacio team from Newtown (also Franziska at Seatoun). And will do well. You can read my thoughts in detail here, and do make room for the groovy dessert trolley when you go.
Two Grey is the new Arizona on the corner of Featherston and Grey Streets. Still the same team out back, but with a focus on local, fresh, seasonal, and modern. The service has been a little patchy to date, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at the moment being newbies. Again, more detail here, and don’t miss the roasted cauliflower.