Enjoy European cuisine with Japanese influence at Kazuya. Meals are prepared by Chef Kazuya himself using the traditional Japanese methods and the finest ingredients such as certified Japanese Wagyu, New Zealand crayfish, caviar, & truffle. Try their seven-course dinner experience for a night you’ll never forget.
193 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace. +64 9 377 8537
Experience contemporary Indian dining at Cassia, by famous chef Sid Sahrawat. The award-winning restaurant serves modern Indian cuisine in a warm and intimate space. Enjoy classic combinations of flavour and spice that have been recreated with local New Zealand ingredients. Order from their drinks list and try one of their delicious cocktails created by mastermind Prateek Arora, they are not to be missed.
5 Fort Lane. +64 9 379 9702
With impossibly chic decor, a cocktail named after Carrie Bradshaw, and a decadent Mediterranean fare to match, it comes as no surprise that local favourite Vivace graces this list of Auckland’s best restaurants. Located at the tip of Fort Street, it’s the perfect place for all occasions, from romantic wining and dining to corporate dinners. Don’t worry if you can’t quite grabble with choosing between the tomato Caprese, duck and chicken pâté parfait, or cured salmon or avocado mousse bites on their cold tapas menu—they are pick-and-mix, after all.
85 Fort Street. +64 9 302 2303
Serving delicious, honest burgers, old-fashioned shakes & really cold beers using quality ingredients at an affordable price. The food is ethical, local, nutritious and delicious. Try the burnt broccoli salad as a side along with one of their delicious cocktails. Yummo!
Newmarket, Ponsonby & Takapuna, +64 9 307 1112
Purveyors of fine Japanese food and owners of the swanky Kazuya bring us Zool Zool. With a huge selection of ramen, you could find yourself struggling a bit on what to order. Their specialty is the Paitan Ramen and it can only be ordered from Thursday till Sunday. It’s the perfect mix between cheap noodle joint and sophisticated date stop or fine foodie haven. It’s the little things that set Zool Zool apart—the cute sesame-grinding contraptions on your table, the wine list matched to the different broth options, and the valrhona chocolate truffles for a seriously happy ending.
405 Mt Eden Road, +64 9 630 4445
As the James Taylor song goes "oh Mexico, it sounds so simple I just gotta go" Mexico is a colourful and buzzy bar and eatery that serves extra-scrumptious authentic Mexican food, amazing Sangria and a cellar list of tequila that will blow your mind. Must have is the fried chicken! One tequila, two tequila three tequila.. floor.
Britomart, Ellerslie, Ponsonby, Sylvia Park, Takapuna
It’s no secret No 1 Pancake is one of the best cheap eats in Auckland CBD. The tiny Lorne Street kiosk has an ever-present queue of hungry students and business-people alike. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, the popular takeaway joint will satisfy your pancake craving for a fiver. We can’t go past the Hawaiian-esque ham, pineapple and cheese pancake oozing with hot, gooey cheesy deliciousness.
Corner Wellesley Street & Lorne Street, +64 9 302 0564
Eden Noodles Cafe is the go-to cheap eats hub when it comes to spicy dumplings and dan dan noodles. Limited capacity increases the odds of you having to wait in line to get your Sichuan fix but patience is key, my friend—these bowls of slurpy goodness have earned a reputation for being the best noodles in Auckland. A word of warning: Eden Noodles spice scale packs a punch—you’ve got to be able to handle the heat.
105 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, +64 9 630 1899
When the overwhelming hankering for beer-battered fish and chips strikes, look no further than FishSmith on Jervois Road in Herne Bay. Magic happens in the kitchen of this modest joint that sets itself apart by offering a less conventional menu than your average fish and chippery.
Be not deceived, FishSmith pays homage to the Kiwi roots by serving exquisite battered, crumbed or grilled fish, and twice fried, hand cut chips. But the buck doesn’t stop there. They have deviated from the norm by offering a smattering of other morsels, including a soft-shell crab burger, fried mussels and chopped salads for those with self-restraint.
200 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, +64 9 376 3763