After giving Parnell’s new restaurant, Gerome, time to settle in, we decided it was time to try out the stylish eatery. We ventured out on a cold and wet winter’s day as we were in need of some warm comfort food, Gerome did not disappoint.
We were greeted by the welcoming smile of restauranteur Ramiz Malik and elegantly designed interior by Paul Izzard, the charm was evident from the get-go.The plush velvet furnishing, brass fittings and dark stained bar located down the centre of the room gave off a 1920s vibe. This was matched with booth seating which offers the diner a more private and relaxed environment. With a mezzanine level and outdoor deck, the restaurant is set up perfectly for private functions.
The food is loosely based on Greek flavours with a contemporary twist. Head chef James Kenny has worked for the likes of Gordon Ramsay and has designed the menu to share, and regularly changes it up depending on the season.
With a range of small and large dishes the food was served on unique handmade crockery by Richard Naylor. To start, we ordered the roasted cauliflower, capers, pomegranate with sour cream vinaigrette as well as the seared saganaki and peppered figs. The cauliflower was easily a highlight with the perfect balance of sweet and sour accompanied by the texture of the pomegranate. From the large dishes we ordered thigh of chicken, butternut puree with wild mushrooms along with short rib of beef. The beef was tender, fell off the bone with ease and was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
To finish, we decided on the house sorbet which was a refreshing end, accompanied by the loukoumades, nutella, and coffee ice-cream. With a range of gluten-free and vegan options on offer, and prices varying from $13-19 smaller and $18-37 larger, we think Gerome is certainly worth a visit.
We recommend getting a group of friends together to explore the abundance of marvelous New Zealand produce on offer, or simply perch yourself at the bar to enjoy the extensive cocktail menu.
Writers: Hannah & Jo Walton
Photography: Stephen Duffin