Celebrated restaurateurs Josh and Helen Emett have opened the doors to Gilt Brasserie at Chancery Chambers, an all-day brasserie channelling timeless, contemporary European dining in one of the city's most storied neighbourhoods.
Combining decades of global culinary experience and a love for cosmopolitan life, Gilt is an ode to contemporary brasserie dining famous in the world's most vibrant, energetic cities from New York to Paris.
The 130-seat restaurant, situated at the corner of Chancery and O’Connell Streets, has undergone an extensive renovation to make way for a layered setting designed to take patrons from day to night, weekday to weekend.
“Gilt is a place where you come for a long lunch and stay until dinner, as much as a place where you can grab a hand crafted deli sandwich to takeaway, or simply unwind with a martini at the bar. It’s metropolitan dining that speaks to the hustle and bustle of inner city life, where our menu is designed to evolve as day turns to night,“ says Josh Emett.
Pairing an extensive collection of old-world wines and curated cocktails with an expertly considered all-day menu, Gilt pays homage to the classics alongside continental European flavours.
A refined rendition of duck frites sits alongside the tongue in cheek toastie - a pairing of beef cheek and ox tongue that heralds a playful take on a nostalgic favourite. Classics like oyster mornay, steak au poivre, and a section devoted to potatoes - think pomme rosti, lyonnaise and dauphinoise - are elevated, familiar comforts and desserts such as crema catalana and the pistachio and cherry bombe alaska offer another nostalgic hit.
Gilt is the third restaurant owned and operated by the Emetts, alongside Onslow on Princes Street and Waiheke Island’s The Oyster Inn. The new establishment is a testament to the strength and expertise the pair have cultivated within their teams, which has allowed them to grow their thriving hospitality business.