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By Stephen Heard
November 25, 2020
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Roku Gin Garden

This beachside pop-up is serving Japanese-inspired gin cocktails for summer.
By Stephen Heard
November 25, 2020
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Much-loved Ponsonby restaurant Azabu has extended its footprint to Mission Bay, taking over the former home of Mission Bay Pavilion in the waterfront suburb's iconic stone building​. Savour Group has moved on from the modern bistro-style offering to serve up the Japanese fusion dishes of chef Yukio Ozeki in the heritage-listed building. Diners will find some Azabu favourites as well as some brand-new dishes on the menu.

To mark the open, premium spirits brand House of Suntory has partnered with the restaurant to present a Japanese gin garden for summer. The pop-up spotlights Roku Gin – the first premium Japanese craft gin from the brand — across several signature cocktails.

Each creation features Japanese ingredients and will be served with first-class 'omotenashi' hospitality. So what's on the drinks list? The classic negroni has been enhanced with umeshu plum wine, a summery mule-style beverage has been infused with both wasabi and ginger, and another gin concoction mixes together yuzu sake, elderflower liqueur and matcha.

Completing the experience will be live music and DJs, whisky tastings, cocktail classes and more. All that plus an open-air courtyard and beach views to complete the summery vibes. The pop-up wraps up at the end of March 2021.

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