Originally the Bank of New Zealand, the Trading House sits inside of a Grade II listed building. High ceilings are complimented by mounted taxidermy. Stags, Zebras and exotic birds underpin the British colonial aesthetic. Just a stones throw from Bank station, Trading House is a central hub for the City's hungriest patrons.
Serving an array of exotic cocktails and classic dishes the menu is as varied as it is satisfying. Arriving at my table, I wasted no time in pawing through the cocktail menu. Influenced by Japan, the menu features sweet and decorative options with delightful names, my favourite being the Memoirs of a Geisha. Described as being "Exotic, delicate and Refreshing" the Honjozo sake and Wray & Nephew rum-based drink did not disappoint. A beautiful tall drink, garnished to perfection. As a follow up I tried something called a Bunbuku Chagama, your not so standard plum sake cocktail served in elaborate teapot filled with smoke which begins to pour out of the lid as it arrives. A display and a half, delivering all the instagrammable theatrics you need from a cocktail on a Friday night.
The "old style Rotisserie" menu didn't disappoint either. A meat-eaters paradise you can enjoy a variety of meats; lamb, duck, pork and chicken, slow cooked in their own juices. As a side, I opted for an old fave, beautifully seasoned truffle chips. The dessert menu reinterprets some classic old-school options, giving us a chocolate orange Sunday, Bourbon pecan pie and Chocolate and peanut butter pudding. It's like the desserts your grandma used to make but with an exhilarating twist.
Aswell as a delightful eating experience, Trading House keeps you entertained with a brilliant live singer and guitarist followed by a DJ playing all your favourite hits. The ideal place to grab a satisfying bite after work or start your evening off with some great food and thrilling drinks.