Established in its waterfront location for 16 years, Euro has always been a reliable beacon of hope and quality in an area swamped by tourist eateries. A night at the restaurant always provides bragging rights and a safe and easy choice should you need to impress. The staff are superb, well versed in the menu and happy to go above and beyond with suggestions for wine matching without a prompt, and the food carries a particular seal of excellence.
The Auckland waterfront institution Euro has now been given a makeover. In addition to slicing the dining room in half to make way for two superb new additions - Coley & Punch and The Culpeper - the restaurant has introduced new Executive Chef Gareth Stewart. Best known as as a judge on cooking competition My Kitchen Rules NZ and for his role at Soul Bar and Bistro, Stewart was poached to replace fellow television adjudicator Simon Gault to take over all nine restaurants under the Nourish Group banner.
Stewart has brought a 'no-nonsense' approach, notably with local ingredients, fresh flavours and menu evolution. The famous natural oysters remain, leading fellow raw options like the rich venison tartare and market fish ceviche. In line with nearly every item on the menu, the kingfish nicoise is a vibrant choice; slithers of the fish come served with crisp tomatoes, olives, butter beans, gem lettuce and scattered dots of egg yolk. The peking duck spring rolls are another highlight of the entree section; in this case the traditional light pancakes are used to hold in the filling.
In a world of shared plates, Euro preserves the act of main dishes. There's everything from pan-fried turbot, braised lamb shoulder with beets, and the champion wallet-stretching dishes of butter poached crayfish and Wakanui scotch fillet. Though, no matter what your choice, satisfaction can be guaranteed.