Hospitality Business Magazine

A modern Greek icon fills Iguacu gap

Renovated from the former building of iconic Auckland restaurant, Iguaçu – once a Parnell institution, – Gerome has sprung up  to delight with the grandiosity of sprawling open spaces, charcoal marble table tops and alluring velvet seats lining its booths.

This Modern Greek restaurant has arrived to blow all expectations out of water claim the developers and owners.

Led by head chef James Kenny, who was trained by Gordon Ramsay, the new restaurant brings  international gastronomic trends to the site. Kenny is charged with leading the culinary team who will create cuisine, with the full theatrics of their works, over  charcoal and wood barbecue.

Creations such as seared kefalograviera, chargrilled seasonal oysters, ribs of harissa rubbed lamb, short rib of beef, flame grilled Piper fish, roasted cauliflower, burnt eggplant, and spit roasted pineapple promise to captivate the imagination and intoxicate the senses.

“Aucklanders do not have a high end Modern Greek restaurant or destination. It is a distinct gap in a very saturated hospitality sector, and while our vision encapsulated a supreme culinary experience, an extraordinary environment had to be created to fulfill the mood and maximise our guests’ encounter.

“We left no stone unturned in implementing our promise to indulge at every level, whether through a beautiful meal, the uplifting spacious surrounds or luxuriating within marble and velvet textures,” says co-owner Ramiz James.

Luxurious by design, Gerome perches proudly in the heart of Auckland’s oldest suburb sandwiched between the harbor and Auckland Domain. Parnell’s appeal lies in its short distance from the sea and being a stroll away from the rich luscious greens of Auckland Museum.

The work of renowned designer Paul Izzard, Gerome’s fit out is dominated by a deep blue theme and dotted whites, a subtle reflection of the dazzling Mediterranean to evoke relaxation and jubilance.

Details mean life to this restaurant. Handmade lighting and a meticulously calculated contemporary twist inject a modern flavour across its mezzanine floor.  Upstairs, a west facing deck looks over the Domain, complete with a private bar for the ultimate sun down experience.

Natural stones and colours amplify its charm, with a glass wrapped private dining room beckoning for an exclusive yet atmospheric social affair orchestrated to transform another Auckland day to one of decadence.