The Sugar Club in Sky City is Peter Gordon’s fourth “reincarnation” of The Sugar Club restaurants (one in Wellington and two in London) which features fusion cuisine.
Hubby surprised me last week by booking us a table and organising a babysitter so that we could have another date night. So off we went, to enjoy a lovely meal in a spectacular setting.
The Sugar Club is on the 53rd level of the Sky Tower (the same level as the Sky Jump and Sky Walk). Dining there means you get to utilise the valet parking (and a trip up the tower) for free, so it’s a nice place to go for a treat and it would also be a great place to take people who are from out of town.
The menu is kind of like a pick-your-own degustation and you also choose the number of courses you wish to have. They recommend that three of the savoury dishes is the equivalent of a starter and main at other restaurants, but the portion sizes are quite big and we found ourselves really full, even though we wanted to try dessert. We did get four courses each in the end, but three would have been more than sufficient as you are also given complimentary bread, an amuse bouche and something sweet at the end. Very filling!
My husband ordered the crayfish linguine, crispy pork belly, beef pesto and snow beauty baba.
The crayfish was a rich and buttery dish – one of our favourites of the night. I wasn’t sure what the cheese would be like (you’re always told not to combine seafood with parmigiano reggiano) but we found it surprisingly tasty and not overpowering at all.
This was tasty, but some of the pieces were a little bit dry. The crackling was not on top as you can see from the picture – it was more like a garnish and hubby said it was quite light compared to the crackling you normally get.
Hubby wanted to try this as it stated on the menu that it was a Sugar Club classic dish. I’m not sure how we felt about it – it was a very odd combination of flavours and quite salty.
The snow beauty baba turned out to be a kind of warm cake. Hubby said it was a lovely way to end his meal – not too heavy and a bit fruity.
I had the wild paua, kingfish, Pekin duck and mochi matcha lychee.
I really enjoyed this dish – the paua was lovely and briney and the texture was silky, yet still had a bite to it. It was nice to see paua on the menu as I haven’t seen it at many places I’ve been to (other than Chinese restaurants).
I also really enjoyed this kingfish – it was meaty and briney with a crispy oyster on top which tasted like the sea. Delicious.
This was a nice duck dish but I’m still not sure why it’s called Pekin Duck, as it does not resemble any Peking duck I’ve had in any way. It kind of reminded me more of a take on a Thai duck curry instead. Anyway, it was still a tasty dish, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as my two previous dishes.
I enjoyed the matcha mochi and lychee combination (but I love matcha and lychee anyway), although there were some (very tasty and cripsy) doughnuts on the side that seemed a bit out of place on the plate.
We also ordered some duck fat roasties on the side (even though we really didn’t need them). These were as they should be – crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Mmm… duck fat.
It was nice to see that they had a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks as well – I think restaurants often overlook this. I tried two of the coolers on offer – the bergamot watermelon and the peppermint cassia. I really liked both of them – they were refreshing and were really interesting combinations of flavours. My favourite was the watermelon.
Overall, the service was friendly and efficient and the dishes were well-exectued and impressively presented, although we felt that their seafood dishes were much stronger than the meat dishes. This a good place to go for a special night out; I would definitely recommend the seafood dishes, and only 3 courses in total (unless you’re a really big eater).
And since it’s Auckland Restaurant Month, The Sugar Club has a good deal where you can get three courses for $59. You can check out the terms and conditions here.
The Sugar Club
Address: Level 53, Sky Tower, corner of Federal and Victoria Streets, Auckland
Phone: (09) 363 6365
Open: lunches – Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 2.30pm; dinners – daily 5.30pm – 9.30pm; bar – daily from 5pm until late