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Wednesday 19 April 2023

New restaurant aims to deliver local flavours

Wellington is a funny city. It can be cold and wet - and is also very hilly.

But the New Zealand capital is also home to several terrific bars and eateries, with a new one to be unveiled later this week.

The InterContinental Wellington will open GPO, a new restaurant that pays homage to the General Post Office that once occupied the same site, on Friday.

Chef Carl Maunder will head a kitchen brigade that will serve dishes using local produce inspired by the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Maunder has worked in Auckland, Adelaide, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai but is returning to his home town. 

Think dishes like a seafood platter (above) with oysters, Cloudy Bay clams, Mills Bay mussels, tiger prawns and Ruakaka kingfish.

Small plates might include Wairarapa organic vegetable crudités with Anabelle goat's fromage blanc, and duck manti, described as ‘Turkish ravioli’ with pomegranate, garlic yoghurt and paprika butter.

Mains might feature linguine vongole with Cloudy Bay clams, jamon, red chilli and chives, or Strait speared butterfish with South Coast seaweed butter, lemon and capers. Hawke's Bay organic beef will also be showcased.

InterContinental GM Scott Hamilton says: “The new restaurant adds to InterContinental Wellington’s reputation as one of the city’s top destinations for both business and pleasure.

“It is exciting to unveil GPO as a strong culinary concept that will appeal to both locals and visitors, giving guests even more reason to stay with us."

New Zealand brand Temuka Pottery has crafted bespoke crockery for the new restaurant, while there will be a team of in-house sommeliers.

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