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Published on October 5th, 2016 | by Ultimate OmNoms0
Vikki Lane Bar and Restaurant
Formerly Wine Loft on Shortland Street, Vikki Lane had relocated mid year down a stylish laneway on Victoria Street West. A bit out of the way for some but perfect for afterwork drinks or meals for those who work around the Spark office block.
The menu features mainly gastropub food, although the ambience of the inner dining room does cater for more elaborate sit down dinners. At first I thought we’d struggle to get the attention of the staff because of the seclusion but they were friendly and prompt.
On the menu, they have a selection of stoned baked pizzas, platters, big plates, or small plates to share. Just reading the small/big plates menu had our mouths watering and upon recommendation, we decided three plates should be enough between two.
The Grey Lynn Butcher sausages were my favourite, attractive and unique from the dark chocolate jus that was sweet and warming with the venison & cracked pepper sausages. The braised pork belly with hoisin sauce reminded me of how I would eat it at home – slightly sweet, although I wished the crackling was more crispy! The Galliano flamed scallops was another tasty dish. Delicious with the lemon cream sauce!
To tantalise the sweet tooth, we both gravitated towards the coffee pannacotta with berry coulis. At first I wasn’t sure of the berry and coffee combination, I thought something like caramel would have hit the spot more but upon mouthfuls and mouthfuls of it, it reminded me of the berry frappes that I so loved as a teenager.
Vikki Lane is a great place to stop for food or drinks after work in town. The food was surprisingly good and better than your average pub food. Thanks Vikki Lane for hosting me!
Vikki Lane Bar & Restaurant
151 Victoria Street West