Highbrow fast food from the owners of Culprit.
August 02, 2018
An eatery from the owners of Culprit has joined the lineup at Queen's Rise, the hottest new food court in town. Similar to its sister eatery, Lowbrow delights diners with an innovative yet affordable contemporary menu. Whether you are looking for breakfast on the go, a business lunch, or a cheat meal for dinner when you don't feel like cooking, Jordan MacDonald and Kyle Street will be able to whip up something special from their casual American-inspired menu.
Amongst an array of newly furnished hipster eateries, Lowbrow has its own separate dining room, shrouded in pretty neon pink lighting and paintings that resemble Alice in Wonderland hanging on the walls. It's like stepping into a dreamy world where you know you're in for a good time.
Lowbrow has a breakfast menu and an all-day one, giving you plenty of options to choose from. The breakfast/brunch menu features humble dishes like an omelette bun ($10) or toasted granola ($9). Alternatively, if you feel like treating yourself, then go for the breakfast brisket bun ($11) with some good beef brisket paired with Mac sauce on a sesame potato roll. Feel free to add cheese and fried egg ($2-4) to help you power through the day.
The all-day menu features a range of small and large plates as well as humble sandwiches and sweet finishes. There is also a great selection of reasonably priced cocktails. Favourites are the Lowbrow Iced Tea ($11), a spin on the Long Island version, as well as the Cucumber Gin Fizz ($14), which is a refreshing combination of cucumber and celery with Aviation gin and Mt Ed vermouth.
Food wise, we ordered a selection to share between three. The fish ceviche (two for $13) was refreshing and who would've known that sriracha and guacamole go so well together. We skipped the mains and opted for sandwiches and wings to share as well as some Fast Food Fries ($6) which tasted nothing like your average greasy spoon. The chicken salt seasoning and sriracha mayonnaise dip were second to none. If you're up for some tasty snacks to go with a drink or two, then don't let this one pass.
The sandwiches are a must try. The fried chicken ($15) is super juicy with crispy and tangy batter. The Lowbrow team has also spun a creative twist on the sandwich itself — the hot sesame bun is made out of potato and has a crispy outer layer with a soft inner texture. It's well-balanced thanks to the addition of fresh iceberg lettuce and slightly sour courgette pickles.
For a bucket of wings ($30), you get ten huge wings with the option to mix and match the flavours that you're after. We tried both the original and spicy ones. The spicy ones have a tamarind/sour taste which is unique. However, I preferred the original one which is your classic, slightly salted wings. The wings were super crispy, and you can hear the crunch at first bite. The meat inside was tender and juicy. I could probably have wings for a whole meal.
21 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna