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A new contemporary, authentic Chinese restaurant boasting world-class design, impressive ambience and traditional cuisine with a modern twist, will open its doors in SKYCITY Auckland’s award-winning Federal Street dining precinct in July.

Kiwi chef Nic Watt, of Masu on Federal Street, has collaborated with SKYCITY on the project and together with esteemed executive chef Jeff Tan, who has an impressive career running some of the finest restaurant kitchens in Asia and the Middle East, will deliver Huami’s incredible food offering.

“Huami will be a refined restaurant honouring traditional Chinese cooking methods, while at the same time delivering a lively, relaxed and enjoyable eating environment. Huami will be the perfect marriage of old-style and modern-day China,” said Watt.

The menu will highlight dishes from regional provinces across China including Canton, Sichuan, Huaiyang and Beijing. The focus is on using fresh seasonal produce and bold flavours, featuring signature dishes including wood-fired Peking duck, hand crafted dim sums, braised New Zealand abalone, and crayfish.

Cameron Douglas, New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, has played an integral role in curating Huami’s extensive wine list, along with an impressive wine cellar holding up to 2500 bottles. Unique to Huami will be its very own Chinese rice wine, Bai Jiu, which has been sourced directly from China.