Way up high, on level 53 of The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand is a restaurant that should be on every foodies bucket list, The Sugar Club. The restaurant with its floor to ceiling windows, offers the best view you’ll find over Auckland City. Not only will you be spoilt by the view, the food is some of the best you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.
As it happens, Peter Gordon the owner and brainchild of The Sugar Club, is the very person I’ve had the pleasure of working with since late 2016. When The Boy Next Door and I booked our flights to New Zealand for February, we knew we couldn’t miss an opportunity to experience The Sugar Club and its heavenly fusion cuisine. We booked in a date with the TSC team, and what unfolded was one of the highlights of our trip, which I’m so excited to show you with all the photos I snapped….
With daylight savings still in full swing in February we made a 7pm reservation to enable us to enjoy sunset over dinner. We arrived at The Sky Tower, and whizzed up the glass elevator to the 53rd floor, stepping out to be warmly greeted by one of The Sugar Club team. Being seated by the bar, we started our evening with pre-dinner drinks and sunny views over the city.
The staff at The Sugar Club are at the top of their game. Attentive and knowledgable, they ran through the cocktail list with us, because trust me, you’ll struggle choosing when everything sounds superb!
Following pre-dinner drinks we were seated at our table and our lovely waiter introduced himself. Peter was also in Auckland and working at TSC that evening, so it was a lovely reunion to see him at the restaurant, and have him walk us through the menu.
Because we’re greedy, we decided we wanted one of everything, and settled on the degustation menu.
As most of you know, I’m gluten intolerant and this often makes life difficult when dining out if the restaurant doesn’t offer alternatives. The Sugar Club is not one of those restaurants. If there was anything I couldn’t eat in one of the dishes, it was either adapted or replaced with another equally delicious dish.
Peter and the team regularly checked on us, to make sure everything was okay with each dish, which of course it was. TBND and I spent a large part of the evening only saying ‘OMG, this is so good!’ to each other, between moments of gazing out the large window that overlooked Auckland.
As each dish was placed in front of us, and we took our first bite, we’d discuss which was our favourite so far. But it was so difficult to choose, the flavours of each dish were simply divine and we both agreed as we sat there, that this was one of the most memorable dining experiences we’d ever experienced.
Dusk fell, and the city started to sparkle with lights. Auckland’s weather is very temperamental, so we were extremely lucky to dine at the restaurant on such a perfect evening.
As I mentioned, we are rather greedy. So we may have tried every single dessert on The Sugar Club menu. I’m not one to turn down sugary treats! They were all amazing and unique. Following our last bite of dessert and last sip of wine, we looked around to realise we were the last ones in the restaurant. This meant one thing, it was time to hit the casino downstairs!
A truly special and memorable evening, what a privilege it was to experience such fine dining. A big, big thank you to the main man himself, Peter, and head chef Neil, for a night we’ll remember forever. x