Review on The Providores
Kiwi star Peter Gordon went for fusion in a big way when he opened The Providores in what looks like the skeletal remains of an old London inn. The years have passed, but the message still comes through loud and clear – wherever you choose to eat.
In the noisy, no-bookings Tapa Room you can order as many dishes as you like, take a break, order more and share them around. Some things you might find are shiitake, basil and Haloumi fritters with pomegranate and cumin yoghurt; octopus salad with allspice pickles, pumpkin seeds and coconut lime dressing; and wok-fried Appleton pork belly and garlic squid with buckwheat noodles. The tapa plate is a classic, likewise the nationally bastardised grilled scallop with crème fraîche and sweet chilli sauce.
Upstairs, it's a slightly different story. Here the flavours are more complex and measured, but riotous with it. Everything is spelt out in rigorous detail – even if the components are as obscure as they come: panko-crusted and tofu fritters with green mango, celeriac, and Thai basil rémoulade with Cape gooseberry, coconut lime dressing and crispy karengo; or, perhaps, roast Suffolk Cross lamb chump on roast sweet potato and sambal bajak green beans with boquerone, red pepper, coriander and lime salad.
The spectacular wine pays home to New Zealand's regional vineyards and there is also plenty of good drinking from other parts of the world. Also note the Kiwi beers and fabulous cocktails. In all, the Providores is a fascinating and memorable challenge for the tastebuds.
The Providores is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm (restaurant)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm (10.00pm Sun) (restaurant)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express