Krishna Botica and Tony McGeorge (Cafe Hanoi, Ghost Street) own Perch Britomart, which took over their former Xuxu Dumpling House site in late March 2023.

The corner spot seats 80 but still feels intimate, with ambient golden lighting, textured walls and accents of brass, marble and dark cherry wood. There are a few covered outdoor tables where you can soak up the afternoon sun and watch the bustle of Britomart.

Executive chef Nathan Houpapa has created a menu that spans East Asian flavours. There are dumplings like pork and prawn shaomai or Impossible “pork” wontons, and condiments such as kimchi mayo and XO chill oil create a varied flavour profile. Roast-duck spring rolls come wrapped in lettuce, encouraging a more hands-on approach. The sides are fresh, such as cold Sichuan-style noodles and smashed garlicky cucumber.

To drink, house cocktails are built along the same flavours. There’s the playful Little Macau Cheeki with vanilla vodka, lime, lychee – and Aperol jelly. The Zutini is a savoury gin Martini with a hint of sake and coriander.

The wine list includes boutique makers spanning local and European vineyards, and there are craft beers from award-winning New Zealand brewer Brothers Beer – as well as a good non-alcoholic selection with a mocktail, Karma Kola range and more.

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Updated: April 6th, 2023

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