New Year, new menu at Sidart

Exciting start to 2018 at Auckland eatery

Multi award-winning chef Sid Sahrawat is kicking off the New Year with an exciting experiential menu offering at his Auckland restaurant, Sidart.

Launching on 23 January 2018, the new menu showcases the best of New Zealand produce and has been designed to take guests on a culinary voyage through the country.

Reflecting Sid’s passion for supporting local producers, this new offering incorporates a personal touch with the Sidart team sharing stories of the provenance and producers behind each ingredient.

Renowned for his cutting-edge flavour combinations, textural contrasts and visual compositions, Sid has taken steps to source everything locally, which he says adds an additional element to the dining experience at his much-lauded restaurant.

Photograph by Babiche Martens.

“Provenance and sustainability has always been important to me and I wanted to take this a step further by fully committing to using only New Zealand produce in our new menu, and sharing the stories behind each dish,” says Sid.

“I like to take diners on a culinary journey of taste and flavour. From the kitchen to the table, our motto is ‘inspirational dining’ and this new intrinsically Kiwi offering really lives up to that.”

Chef Lesley Chandra has returned to work at both Sidart and Cassia in a research and development role after a 12 month sabbatical, completing stages and working at London’s Typing Room. He and chef Jason Kim, a semi-finalist in this year’s San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year awards will be working with Sid on the new all NZ menu and experience.

Based on the availability and seasonality of produce, this innovative new menu will change less frequently. Two new dishes to grace the new menu include Blackfoot paua w scampi, lovage emulsion, sorrel, green peach and a dessert of celeriac cooked in kombucha, fig leaf, elderflower, yuzu.

Diners now have two options: a five course Journey through New Zealand for $95 and a Full Journey through New Zealand for $160. There is also a drinks match option available for both menus for an additional cost.

Guests who want to witness the talented chefs creating their masterpieces also have the option of booking the chef’s table for two – six guests for $190 per person including a glass of bubbles.

And to ensure those who like to celebrate the end of the working week, Sidart is open for lunch on Fridays. As part of this, the chefs collaborate and design a new menu for lunch which showcases seasonality, creativity and technique and includes five dishes for $65 per person.

Sid is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most talented and innovative chefs and has been consistently recognised since opening the fine-dining restaurant eight years ago.

Currently rated with a score of 86.5 in The World’s 1000 Best Restaurants by La Liste – Sidart has been celebrated in all the major restaurant awards, including the Cuisine Magazine and Metro Magazine awards.


Sidart Restaurant, Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road. Find out more about Sidart at

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6 pm, Lunch Friday from 12 noon. Bookings essential


About Sidart (opened 2009):

Sidart restaurant in Three Lamps, Ponsonby, represents an inventive fine dining degustation experience devised by multi-award-winning chef and owner Sid Sahrawat. Renowned for his innovative and inspirational cooking, Sid remains one of the country’s most exciting talents. At Sidart, Sid combines his famous innovation and precision to create art on a plate with the menu changing with the seasons and availability of all New Zealand sourced produce. Cutting-edge flavour combinations, textural contrasts and inspired visual composition make his cooking both thought-provoking and intensely satisfying. Sid is passionate in his kitchen to the point of obsession – from oven to table, his motto is ‘inspirational dining’. Sidart offers dining for 60 guests, with two areas which can be booked for private functions. Sidart is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday and for lunch on Friday.  In 2012 Sid opened his second restaurant Cassia, offering contemporary Indian cuisine. Sidart has 3 hats awarded by the Cuisine Good Food Guide and Cassia has won Metro Peugeot restaurant of the year two years in a row for the last two years.