The Art of Sharing – Banque Oyster Bar and Eatery

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Sharing plates is the way people like to eat now,”

says Dominique Parat, the owner of Banque Oyster Bar & Eatery in Remuera.
“It’s comfortable and convivial, and gives a real sense of adventure. You have the opportunity to try more dishes and always end up discovering new tastes.”

The Art of Sharing

Discovering new tastes was certainly true when I ventured, to newly refurbished, Banque recently with my friend (and fellow LDM writer) Miranda. We have been friends a long time but haven’t caught up in person for a number of years so I couldn’t think of a better excuse than a free lunch* 😉

The Art of Sharing - Banque Oyster Bar

Renovated earlier this year, Banque now features a raw bar piled with the finest selection of New Zealand oysters and other seafood delicacies. The menu has been completely reimagined and offers a culinary tour of New Zealand influences. There is also an outdoor courtyard with a cosy fireplace, complete with views to One Tree Hill and an optional covered awning. We sat on the edge of this section and the awning was closed when I arrived as it had been raining, but when it was opened it made the space light and airy.

We had the option of ordering a main dish each but once our sharing plates began arriving we thought that might be over doing it just a tad, so were happy to enjoy and explore the offerings along with a glass of bubbles.

The Art of Sharing - Banque Oyster Bar

This is what was served up to us…

Sharing Plates:
Shredded roasted duck pancake with peking sauce
Steamed buns with hunan pork belly, prawns and radish
Steamed spanner crab with fresh coconut, coriander and lettuce
Sticky lamb ribs with paprika, oregano and sherry

and from The Raw Bar:
Mahurangi oysters with shallots, vinegar and lemon

and O.M.G. the sharing plates were divine! Pork belly is a favourite of mine and the steamed buns were so soft and fluffy and the spanner crab was a taste sensation!

I am not a fan of oysters however and neither is Miranda but she took one for the team and said they did indeed taste of the sea.

After filling our bellies – the four sharing plates were more than enough for lunch – Miranda had to dash off to another meeting but I hung around to sample dessert. It would have been rude not to really! I chose the traditional pavlova with passion fruit curd, vanilla bean cream and mango sorbet. Pure indulgence!

The Art of Sharing - Banque Oyster Bar

Although it was relatively empty on the day we were there, the manager told me they are often packed out on weekends, and get a good crowd in the evening during the week. They have also just opened up a function room upstairs that over-looks Remuera Road which would be perfect for small business meetings or a cocktail party.

After I left I went down the road to visit one of my design clients and she told me Banque had also recently held a locals night and invited all the local businesses and neighbours to a night of drinks and nibbles. Now that sounds like a great neighbourhood eatery!

I think I will be back soon with some more friends in tow and an empty belly so I can try the Wagyu beef. Yum!

Banque Oyster Bar and Eatery
 Road, Remuera, Auckland
Telephone 09 5226688

*Our delicious lunch was courtesy of Banque Oyster Bar & Eatery, however the opinions expressed within are completely my own.

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