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Mexico meets the Middle East. PAZAR Food Collective is so much more than just a restaurant. “If the food at Pazar has a connective thread, it is a dedication to brightness and balance, a penchant for ramping up flavours. It is kfusion, in every sense of the word, but it tastes big and bold and global and delicious” as described by The New York Times 2017, this hip Canterbury eatery has become the latest hotspot where all the city slickers go for a change of scenery. Previously home to the much-loved Mexican pop-up restaurant La Lupita, 325 Canterbury Road has been transformed into PAZAR, the latest venture by La Lupita’s Attila Yilmaz. As the owner and chef, Attila has a vision for his new restaurant, and plans on not only serving up cult food, but also launching special events, breakfasts, a hole-in-the-wall bar and a food store. For the moment however, it’s the food that’s drawing the crowds. On the menu, you’ll find some of Attila’s old La Lupita Mexican specialties, this time alongside new Middle Eastern and Turkish offerings. All the dishes are designed for sharing, with the menu constantly evolving, depending on what products are in season. The vibe here is ultra-cool – you’ll find plenty of 20-somethings uploading pictures to Instagram (#nofilter), taking selfies with friends and checking in on Facebook. Not that you can blame them: PAZAR is one place you want to be seen at. Best dish: Smoked lamb and churro ice cream sandwich.