Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is welcoming exciting new restaurant Feriza’s to the neighbourhood this July. The venue will bring a splash of Ottoman opulence to the waterfront, with an emphasis on shared dining, and modern twists on dishes the Ottoman region is famous for.  The restaurant is a collaboration between restaurateur Alex Isik and elder sister Feriza.

Gozleme will be one of the stars of Feriza’s menu. This traditional dish is the first thing that the siblings’mother taught them to cook, and is what ignited the pair’s passion for cooking.

“We believe Auckland is ready for a taste of the Ottoman, and a warm, Turkish welcome,” said Feriza. “We want everyone to feel like family when they walk through the doors. I want our guests to feel at home, and as satisfied as we did eating our grandmother’s food.”

Alongside the mezze-focused menu, an extensive drinks list will include cocktails inspired by the Ottoman, using traditional ingredients, such as pomegranate, Turkish apple and the Middle Eastern spirit Raki. Traditionally enjoyed with dishes to be shared, Raki is all about adding to the dining experience with its drinking etiquette.

Feriza’s opens on Thursday July 20 and will be open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at 7/12 Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.