Lewisham Awards

The best of the best in the central city
9 June, 2015

Normally it’s the diners and the restaurant critics who get to have their say about what they like and what they don’t like in the hospitality industry, but the annual Lewisham Awards, held on Sunday at Shed 10, give the industry the opportunity to celebrate the successes of their peers. And since these guys and girls are the pros, we know their picks are really worth paying attention to!

Monsoon Poon
If this cheeky pan-Asian establishment is among your favourite spots, you’re in good company. The industry gave the Poon’s owner Nicola Roberts not one but two awards – for Moet Hennessy Outstanding Hospitality Personality and Pernod Ricard Outstanding Restaurateur.

Mo’s Bar
Mo’s has been the late night destination of choice for anyone who’s in the know for a very long time. 20 years, in fact, as the bar is celebrating a big birthday this year. We’ll definitely be dropping in soon to celebrate both the birthday and the award they’ve just received for being Waterfront Auckland’s Outstanding Local.

Soul Bar and Bistro
Anyone who’s eaten here knows the staff are next level. The Lewishams singled out superstar Des Dillon as best-in-house, naming him the Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Waiter.

The Grove
Michael Dearth is one of the industry’s biggest wine buffs, so it’s no surprise that his line-up of vinos at The Grove was picked for the EuroVintage Outstanding Wine List award. We can’t think of anything better than a night of chef Ben Bayly’s cooking with matches chosen by Michael!

Wine Chambers
This downtown spot is a favourite amongst the lawyers and the bankers of the precinct for very good reason – the food is classic, delicious and always perfectly executed. Young chef Rohan Satam is well and truly living up to these standards and is a very deserving winner of the Aotearoa Fisheries Emerging Talent award.

MASU
Meg Abbott-Walker, the winner of the Negociants Outstanding Wine Service Professional award, is the brain behind the excellent wine and sake offering at MASU – she’s only been back in the country for two years, but she’s certainly made an impact on the scene in that time.