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An evening at Nicolino’s Restaurant & Cube Bar is like you’ve taken an imaginary trip to one of the Aegean or Ionian islands and stumbled into a taverna for a feast of fabulous food and fun. In summertime, in their ambient and private outdoor courtyard with typical Greek furniture and pretty lighting you could truly be enjoying a typical evening outside in the warm air of any Greek resort. Or if you prefer seeing the bustle of life passing by, you can enjoy dining outside at a table on the pavement.
This hidden feature is just one of the many endearing aspects of Nicolino Restaurant & Cube Bar, a venue that has been a part of Devonport’s heritage for over 13 years. This Victoria Road eatery continues to delight locals and visitors with its charms. “We love to provide the best in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and entertainment,” says owner Darbaz.
Authentic dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, kleftiko (braised lamb shanks), gemista (capsicums stuffed with savoury rice and mince) and spanakopita (spinach, feta cheese, oregano and olives baked in filo pastry) sit alongside a range of speciality dishes from the Mediterranean such as the popular Catalan duck, as well as a fabulous array of pastas and pizzas.
While its food style embraces Greece and the wider Mediterranean, Nicolino also has a long-established tradition of hosting popular Greek party nights every second Thursday evening. These fun-filled nights feature live Greek music and dance by Auckland duo “Sounds of Greece”. This gives customers who have never visited Greece or her islands, an insight into a traditional social evening and leaves others, who have been fortunate enough to travel to this stunning part of Europe, with a desire to return!
The characterful stone walls in the restaurant bear tribute to many memorable nights that have been enjoyed there, with visitors leaving their names and etchings as a reminder. The character of the place not only fits neatly with Devonport’s heritage, it is also an accurate depiction of a typical Greek taverna. It’s easy to see why customers come back, time and time again, for this unique cultural experience here on the Shore.
And if you’re not able to sit back and enjoy the ambience of the lively restaurant, Nicolino has an extensive takeaway menu, including their gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes and meals, including free delivery within the local area.
As well as the array of sumptuous starter and mains, there is a tempting range of delicious desserts, including the traditional baklava - a sweet filo pastry creation with walnuts and honey.
Darbaz and his experienced team look forward to welcoming you to their Devonport ‘taverna’ to experience a real taste of Greece on the Shore.
Nicolino Restaurant 103 Victoria Road, Devonport Ph: 09 446 6664
Open 7 days: 4.00pm till late. www.nicolinorestaurant.co.nz
Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015