Onslow, the new Auckland eatery of Josh and Helen Emett, is the hottest table ticket in town and there are so many reasons to love it!
Located on the entrance level of one of Auckland’s most prestigious residential buildings – Onslow’s position was once home to Grand Hotel, which the Earl and Countess of Onslow opened at 9 Princes Street in 1889. With its vaulted ceilings, impeccable art collection and hand-carved mantelpieces, it quickly established itself as the city’s finest accommodation at the turn of the century.
The name Onslow is also personal to the Emetts, for it was at London’s Onslow Gardens where the parents of Helen Emett – Josh’s British-born wife and business partner – began their courtship in the 1960s.
And Onslow has the word ‘slow’ in it! The slow is important at Onslow; a place to take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life and savour an exceptional dining experience.
The foundations for Onslow’s culinary DNA began with Josh’s Michelin-star experience working with Gordon Ramsay at the Savoy and Claridge’s hotels, two legendary London institutions where pillars of impeccable service, delicious food, and timeless tradition are respected in equal parts. Pillars that have given inspiration to Onslow, where comfort is the order of the day; where you can take time to enjoy every morsel of delicious food and fantastic service, leaving you wanting to return time and again.
The menu is dedicated to quality and provenance, refined but not fine-dining, where a la carte and table d’hôte options return a celebration of dining enjoyment course by course. The kitchen celebrates the very best ingredients from New Zealand farmers and producers. Emett is passionately committed to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients.
Service is old school and nods to British perfection; think cheese served on a classic trolley, desserts hand-picked by your waiter on a restaurant credenza, a return to slower days gone by where dining out was an experience to be savoured from start to finish.
A collection of 1950s plates, collected crystal bowls and hand-crafted ceramics are juxtaposed against minimalist, dark oak battens in a striking interior conceived by architectural wunderkind Rufus Knight. Contemporary New Zealand art adorns the walls.
It’s a fine fusion of tradition and modernity that is both relaxed and sophisticated. Onslow is about classic dining that’s relaxed, comfortable and refined, in a beautiful space complete with grand four-meter stud ceilings and cosmopolitan city views.