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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 --- 19 BOOK A TABLE OF FOUR OR MORE FOR DINNER, AND RECEIVE A FREE BOTTLE OF RIVERLANDS SAUVIGNON BLANC* Call us now and book your table for our belly dancing show 122011 26 Uxbridge Road (opposite Howick library), Howick Ph 537 0444 • www.diwine.co.nz *Conditions apply. For bookings before December 31, 2012. Minimum spend $100 per table. Not available with any other offers. DISHES Welcome to our Community Proudly sponsored by Times Newspapers Diwine and dine in style ADVERTORIAL 122011A There is a "Whole New World" to discover as Disney favourite, Aladdin, showed Jasmine on their magic carpet ride. Similarly, in Howick, there is a whole new dining experience waiting to be discovered. New bar and restaurant Diwine has taken the place of The Gibson on Uxbridge Rd and is focused on becoming a leading function venue. Having already hosted this year’s Miss Howick pageant and a well- received Halloween party just recently, the newcomer is beginning to attract attention with its revamped interiors. Spaces have been opened up, walls have been decorated, and the decor has been updated with new furniture and tropical greenery. But the biggest change is the menu. While Diwine has retained the scrummy bar snacks and nibbles locals have come to love, the kitchen also aims to further tantalise taste buds with an exciting new Mediter- ranean-inspired menu. Enlisting the help of world class chef Akram Hamze, who has cooked for the likes of diplomats and royals, Diwine owner Ali Zabetan wants to create a dining experience like no other in these parts. “We want to bring something new to the local community and introduce a lively and fantastic ambience that is enhanced by great food,” Ali says. “We’re confdent that this is a unique and refned dining experi- ence that shines with the help of fresh, high quality ingredients and experienced staff.” The former owner of successful Mediterranean restaurants Ali Baba in New Lynn, Troy Restaurant & Bar, and more recently, Apadana in Mt Eden, says he saw potential for a res- taurant of similar calibre in Howick. “Having taken Apadana to such great heights, I decided it was time for a new challenge.” The experienced entrepreneur of Persian and Turkish heritage says he hopes to do this with Akram’s help. Originally from Lebanon, Akram has spent more than 15 years in the industry, making him one of the best, if not the only, professionally trained and qualifed Lebanese chef in New Zealand. His work in Auckland has seen him receive accolades that have been well-documented in the media, and some of the best kebabs in Auckland are his doing. “I’ve always been passionate about introducing the authentic favours of traditional Mediterranean cuisine to the public,” Akram says. “Our food is unrivalled in qual- ity and everything is prepared fresh on-site – our breads, pastries, and meats are all made from scratch and our shish kebabs are really like no other.” A highlight and a must-try specialty from the fresh and diverse menu is the chicken shaeshleyk which is grilled marinated chicken cubes glazed with shaeshleyk (a mustard- based sauce). Also on the menu are sumptu- ous mezze platters consisting of the homemade favours of baba ghanouj, hummus, tabouli, dolmah and a range of other tasty favourites – great for sharing over casual meet and greets or as a starter to a relaxing sit-down meal. These are then complemented by an extensive list of salads such as the yoghurt cajik which is a refreshing combination of yoghurt, cucumber, mint and garlic – the ultimate sum- mer dish – Akram is committed to serving food that is both healthy and delicious. If these favours sound too adven- turous for some, fear not; Diwine’s eclectic menu is built up with a vari- ety of crowd pleasers such as pizzas, pastas, and steaks – Apadana custom- ers still rave about them today – all expertly cooked. From its comfy booths to the glam- orous burgundy and black colour scheme, Diwine looks set to offer a sophisticated dining experience for those with discerning palates. New and exciting events are also happening at this unique dining establishment. There is talk of exotic music and dance performances that will go hand-in-hand with the fa- vours of the Mediterranean, creating a veritable feast for the senses. For now, there are quiz nights every Tuesday at 7.30pm, a guest DJ every Thursday, and at the week- ends, there will be bodacious belly dancing to liven things up. And for a good laugh, look out for top comedy acts – popular comedian Mike King will be hosting a Christmas show on December 21. Fully licensed with an extensive bar and equipped with a full stage and a top of the notch sound system, Diwine has all the makings of a good- time social venue. Especially suited for events such as weddings, birthdays, engagement and Christmas parties, Diwine can comfortably seat up to 150 people and buffets and set menus to suit any function. Naturally, there remains much to fne-tune at the reinvented premises, but Ali says he hopes to have every- thing running and ready by Novem- ber 26. Also to be introduced are loyalty schemes rewarding VIP members with generous discounts and spe- cials. So keep your eyes and ears peeled for this ambitious newcomer and prepare to be whisked away on a magic carpet ride to the distant lands of Lebanon, Persia, Turkey and beyond.
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