Eatery makes world of difference
After a change in pace and taste, restaurateur Arko Biswas is switching from Italian food to a varied international flavour.
Over two weeks, Biswas closed his Hardy St restaurant When In Rome, refurbished it and renamed and rebranded the space as Earth Sea.
When In Rome had been open for five years, and Biswas said he felt like he needed a change.
"I was getting really bored so I just decided to do something more vibrant and more dynamic and more flexible in operations.
"When In Rome was quite a classy restaurant with the decor and menu, and I wanted to do something a bit more casual, funky and fun."
The new bar was in a rustic style and there was a blackboard along one wall where the menu was written, he said.
He was drawing inspiration from all over the world.
The food was influenced from international dishes, including Shanghai Chicken Noodle Salad and Mexican Style Quinoa Salad.
"We are using a lot of free-range and gluten-free ingredients as well as local products."
Biswas said the food was "not cheap but reasonably priced".
The restaurant would be open late on Friday and Saturday nights for drinks and tapas.
He would also be offering local wines and craft beers from all over New Zealand.
Biswas said while When In Rome was successful, after five years he needed the change, and changing over two weeks was "very intense".
"We haven't just changed the signage and opened a new business. It's structural changes as well because we have actually changed the kitchen, built a courtyard out the back . . . we are improving the place itself," he said.
Biswas was not yet advertising the new restaurant as he wanted the first few weeks to be manageable while he and his staff got used to the new menu and changes.
He expected loyal customers of When In Rome would be "converted over" to his new venture and was relying on their support.
- The Nelson Mail
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