XOONG, the newest addition to Auckland’s thriving hospitality hub of Mt Eden Village offers diners contrasting flavours of Asia in a series of captivating dining rooms.

Drawing from North East Asian influences, one is immersed into the bold and textural design of the 150 seat restaurant. Over two stories diners will find intimate spaces and secluded dining areas juxtaposed by minimalist Japanese and intricate Chinese designs. Opposite the cocktail bar a canopy of dramatic red lanterns leads you past the open kitchen and chef tables to the courtyard, offering guests a delightful journey of discovery.

China and Japan make strange bedfellows as their tumultuous history would tell us and this dramatic past is the inspiration for the restaurant. Xoong beautifully marries this theme with the ever-popular aromas of a Vietnamese kitchen simultaneously tying the styles together and creating a menu of big flavours that is unmistakably unique. Expect char sui lamb racks from the wood fired duck oven, stunning sashimi dishes, and plenty of fresh aromatics from the wok.

Executive Chef Cameron Knox is thrilled with this new style: “I love travelling and eating throughout Asia. I’ve been a massive fan of Chinese cuisine for a long time, and love the clean, fresh way that Japanese techniques accentuate quality fish and produce. At Xoong we’ve taken these influences and peppered around them fragrant flavours from other parts of Asia to offer a dining experience unlike anything else in Auckland. There will be a real flavour hit if that is what you are after, knock-out sashimi or pre-order a crispy duck for the table if that more suits your occasion.”

For owners David Dau and Minh Lu, the opening will mark more than two years since they first dreamt up the concept and began their search for the perfect location. Their vision for the dining rooms have been brought to life by Ctrl Space and they could not be more thrilled with the result.

Xoong will be open for lunch and dinners starting from the evening of 10 May. Bookings can be made via the website.

www.xoong.co.nz

424 Mount Eden Rd, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024

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