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One of the World's Smallest Restaurants is Popping Up in Auckland

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On occasion, dining in large restaurants can feel like being just another cog in the gastro-wheel— destined to impersonal, matter-of-fact service and separation from the culinary masters in the engine room. With a maximum capacity of just six guests, Pith sets out to make the dining experience an immersive and intimate affair. As the restaurant pops up in Auckland this week it will unquestionably be the smallest establishment to ever land in New Zealand.

The intimate supper club was originally started by New York student Jonah Reider as a way to deal with the city's extreme living costs. He established the makeshift restaurant in his university dorm room, hosting only four guests per night across five to eight-courses. As word got around Pith quickly accrued a waiting list of 4,000 people— a reservation list that, at Pith's pace, would take 19 months to work through. The New York Times eventually jumped on board calling it, "The hottest ticket in town." Reider has since been hosting dank social gatherings, pop-ups and one-off events.

For one night only on Saturday 5 November, Pith will pop-up in a 40m2 apartment in Auckland. The partnership with KitchenAid will see Reider prepare an experimental four-course menu using local ingredients, such as venison, manuka honey, lemon myrtle and fresh seafood. Attendees will also be treated to a cocktail on arrival with accompanying wine, beer and soft drinks throughout the evening.

To score yourself a reservation at Pith by Mini, register your interest at bit.ly/PithByMiniNZ. Guests will be notified of bookings by 1pm, Friday 4 November.

Published on October 31, 2016 by Stephen Heard

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