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A taste of old Shanghai in downtown Auckland

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 Federal Street dining precinct in July.

Huami draws inspiration from old Shanghai during the French Concession period, transporting classic Chinese elements in to the 21st century.

Graeme Stephens, SKYCITY Entertainment Group CEO, says the company saw an opportunity for a premium yet authentic Chinese dining experience.

“SKYCITY is pleased to be delivering a ninth restaurant to our successful Federal Street dining precinct. Huami will provide an experience for our customers that tells the story of old Shanghai, merging all that makes the Chinese culture so unique – a fusion of traditional and contemporary,” he says.

“We have collaborated with a number of highly experienced consultants on Huami’s food and wine offering, cultural elements, restaurant design and architecture to ensure that, as with our other Federal Street restaurants, we offer an experience like no other restaurant of its kind,” Mr Stephens says.

Well-known Kiwi chef Nic Watt, of Masu on Federal Street, has collaborated with SKYCITY on the project and together with 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 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,” says Mr 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.

Huami pays homage to classic Chinese influences in a contemporary style with the use of old brick woronto Federal Street, while deluxe Chinese screens are used to help break up the main dining room creating a restaurant of exploration and discovery.

Ambient jazz playing in the background and wait staff dressed in classy waistcoats and cheese cutter hats, feather head pieces and sequins will all add to the theatre and unique experience of Huami, drawing on the traditions of the French Concessional period in old Shanghai.

Adding to the ambience, New Zealand’s first wood fired duck oven stands proud as a feature of the restaurant with an open stone counter. All cooking spaces will be open to allow guests to enjoy the theatre of Chinese cooking and the sights, sounds and smells of Huami. Live crayfish and other sustainably sourced seafood will be on display in a floating two tier feature wall allowing guests to choose their seafood of choice and have it prepared fresh.

The restaurant offers a range of dining options varying from private dining rooms and large group tables, through to intimate tables for two and seating at the open kitchen. Guests can also perch at the finger bar which showcases a refined cocktail menu, plus a premium whiskey wall displaying some of the finest Cognac and Armagnac available in New Zealand.

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.

Huami will be open for lunch and dinner from Saturday 1 July 2017.