Words by Lauren Matthews Ponsonby Road’s Longroom has long been a popular spot for locals and the like to spend an afternoon or evening at. Aside from the spacious setting and impressive wine list, Longroom also has a mouthwatering menu, which has recently been updated. Head chef Dylan Clegg understands the importance of hearty food when a few drinks are on the cards and his take on classic pub dishes showcase clever cooking executed with a modern flair. The new menu is broken up into offerings of small plates, platters, classics and big plates. The ‘classic’ menu is exactly what you’d be after for a workday lunch. There are options to please all, including daily winter-warming soups, an exotic lamb and quinoa salad, gourmet burgers, sandwiches and pot pies. On the Remix team’s most recent visit hunger pangs were at an all time high, so we opted for the big guns. We started with the shared platter, which included succulent confit pork belly, perfectly cooked chili salted squid, spicy chorizo with Kalamata olives, cannellini beans, rich tomato sauce and basil, accompanied with grilled sour dough to soak up the tasty juices. The smoked potato and gouda croquettes were also insanely moreish. The big plates, as mentioned, are hearty and full of flavour. Each dish consisted of a star protein – market fish, lamb, or steak, two ways. The fish, kingfish the day of our visit, was cooked to perfection, doused in crayfish bisque and topped with house-made prawn tortellini. Steak is either a rib eye or eye fillet, served with classic sides of hand cut fries and Café de Paris butter or mash and red wine jus. The lamb shoulder is tarted up with a honey and mustard glaze. We strongly suggest you take your team along for a long lunch one Friday afternoon. Word to the wise though, block out the entire afternoon, because chances are you won’t head back to the office. Head here for more Longroom goodness.