Wellington’s hottest new Asian eating house and bar, Hot Sauce, is now raising the temperature on the local food scene with its impressive list of creative cocktails and a menu bursting with contemporary twists on traditional Asian – Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Thai flavours. It’s the ideal spot for lazy afternoon grazing, vibrant evening dining or a cheeky nightcap… or all three.
Hot Sauce, which officially swung open it’s doors last night [Wednesday, September 20], is the latest addition to the QT Museum Wellington dining and drinking precinct, and is inspired by the hustle and bustle of its sister venue – Hot Sauce Melbourne laneway bar.
Hot Sauce is intended to be a casual place to relax, meet some friends or shake off a long day, or even flight with some great cocktails and fresh food, simply prepared with punchy flavours.
“The food is one part Japanese, one part Thai and a splash of Korean, with a dash of LA,” says Food & Beverage Director of QT Hotels & Resorts New Zealand, Matt Goodison.
With the kitchen team no stranger to Asian flavours, having worked in kitchens in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and China. Hot Sauce will be serving up baos, miang, sashimi, dumplings and other oriental delicacies. Adventurous signature tipples introduce the complexity unfamiliar Asian ingredients. The shiso leaf features in Hot Sauce’s signature Gangnam Shiso Style and gyokoro (sweet seaweed) muddles an Asian twist into a modern day classic, with the Kyoto Old Fashioned.
Hot Sauce was designed by architect and interior designer Shelley Indyk, who says she was inspired to create a space for “lazy lounging”.
“We wanted to create a space that paid homage to the various Asian cultures that have inspired the menu, whilst bringing in a sense of intrigue, intimacy and vibrancy. The contrasting textures; polished concrete, intricate fabrication and timber create a dynamic space that is bold but beautiful and honest”.
Wellington’s hottest new bar and Asian eating house is opening those doors for good this Saturday, September 23.
QT Museum Wellington and Hot Sauce images can be found here