Multi-award winning chef Sid Sahrawat’s restaurant Sidart has been reinvented, but with the same innovative menu and inspirational art on a plate. With some of the best views of the Auckland skyline, the fine dining restaurant has undergone a lavish refurbishment and extension by interior design group Orb Design.

As part of the exciting refit, Sidart has increased the size of the restaurant creating a second dining area with an intimate bar. This has been named the Alhambra room after the beloved restaurant that occupied the premises until 2006.

The restaurant will service an additional 20+ diners, with both dining rooms, and also available for private functions. And by popular demand from international visitors to Auckland, Sidart can now also cater to solo diners for the first time since opening in 2009.

The newly installed marble bar has enabled Sidart to increase its beverage offering. In addition to the existing wine list described as ‘a compact representation of the wine world’ curated by sommelier and manager Stefano Baldin, a full beverage offer includes spirits, sake, cider and tap and bottled beer.

New to the team, bartender Caellan Sparkes has created an impressive array of seasonal cocktails – developed to complement the menu.

With its marble top chef’s working area which sits proudly in the original dining room, stunning marble bar with reflective tiles and Peter Collis hanging pendant lights, the refurbishment aims to be as inspiration as the meals the team create.

And while the aesthetics may have changed, Sid’s cutting-edge flavour combinations, textural contrasts and inspired visual composition remain the same.

Photography: Babiche Martens