A love of dumplings and good drinks sets Paddy Dillon in good stead for his job as bar manager at Britomart rooftop bar Seven.
Are you from Auckland? Yes. I grew up on the Shore and now I live in the central city.
How do you get to Britomart? I walk.
What do you do here? I compose the cocktail lists and run the bar as best I can.
What would you say is thing on the menu? I like the prawn and shiitake dumplings.
What’s the best cocktail on the menu? My favourite is either the Chun Lee or the Tamarind Whiskey Sour.
How did come up with that last one? I get inspiration from other people and websites that I like, like Serious Eats and Punch Drink, and famous restaurants. I got this idea from it from a famous restaurant in New York called Pok Pok. I couldn’t find the recipe so I just did it by trial and error.
It’s a brown drink, so when I first came up with it, some of the owners thought no one would like it because it looks like literal s***. But it’s one of the most popular drinks. And whenever people try it they re-order it.
What’s your favourite hidden Auckland City gem? Recently I’ve been going to Mezze Bar on a Sunday. It’s really relaxing and casual. And I like Northcote Tavern, I like old pubs and there’s not many around any more. And its got a huge outdoor area.
What’s your idea of fun? Because I work in hospitality, any quiet relaxation, playing video games, having a wine and reading my book, and hanging with my girlfriend.
Where’s the best place to have a drink around here? Seven, actually, when the sun’s going down or when a storm’s coming in. It’s sheltered and warm and you can see the sun going down or the storm hitting the window.
Where do you like to eat around here? I love dim sum yum cha. So Grand Harbour, but it’s very intense. Sun World in Newmarket is our favourite yet. And we’ve been around Auckland trying them all.
Are there any Britomartonians you’d like to make friends with? Someone in Fabric so I can get a discount on their clothes. I need sponsorship.
Good luck with that!
Interview and photograph by Florence Noble