ADDRESS: 280 Karangahape Rd, City
DINNER: Wed – Sun
SHARING PLATES: $15 – $100
SCORE: 17 / 20
Walk into the welcoming brick-walled, wooden-floored space of Apéro and let the trials of the day slip away – you feel like you are getting a big warming hug as co-owner Mo Koski looks after you. The food remains simple, top quality and consistently delicious. Leslie Hottiaux keeps a small menu of favourites, but there are always specials to liven up the menu and allow things to get a bit playful in the kitchen. The famous house-made sausage, sold by the ¼ metre, is perfectly balanced, well-seasoned and sits alongside some pickles and a couple of different mustards, ideally accompanied by a half cauliflower on a bed of curd with almond and mint leaves. Wine and drinks deserve a special mention – Mo is always on hand with intriguing suggestions to find something you will love.