I remember visiting Lillius when they first opened and being rather impressed. They also have a bonus for us of being walking distance from where we are currently living. When I saw that they were collaborating with Perrier-Jouet for a long lunch I jumped at the opportunity.
We are of course greeted with a glass of champagne to begin and the wonderful team knew who we were straight away. They’re great like that!
The first snack is a savoury custard with crunchy barley to add texture and it is delicious.
The second snack is sourdough and onion. Our champagne is kept nicely topped up throughout the afternoon.
The bread is piping hot and delicious. We also got to take some home which made it even better!
For our first course, we have the Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut. Each wine is carefully explained by the wonderful representative. This is paired with kahawai with pear, almonds and seaweed. It’s delicate, delicious and very clean.
Oysters with crispy chicken and dill are paired with the Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2011. The aromatics are impressive. I personally wasn’t a fan of this dish but my dining companions all loved it.
Beetroot with walnuts and yeasted milk was paired with the Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose. Again I wasn’t a huge fan I never really am with beetroot however again my dining companions were all impressed.
Duck with grapefruit and kumara with Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose 2006. This is absolutely divine and restores my faith.
We end our afternoon with chocolate and tamarillo and Martell Cordon Bleu. It’s super complex but I like it.
While I didn’t like every single course I still absolutely love what Lillius are doing. You can’t impress every single person with every single dish. The service was great, the champagne kept flowing and I really appreciated the bread at the end. Would I go back? Definitely, like I said, I’m a huge fan.