The Lantern Alley

Set along the always happening K’ Road is new Asian fusion eatery, The Lantern Alley. Based on Shanghai street food and traditional Korean flavours, it is also heavily influenced by Chinese and Western flavours and cuisines. The space is long and narrow but is beautifully lit so feels spacious while also keeping an intimate ambiance. A…

Depot

Federal Street in the central city is just bursting with foodie delights just waiting to tempt you. Which one will you choose? From Tapas to Japanese to Italian the choices are endless. But how about an oyster bar? Depot Oyster Bar is the brainchild of chef Al Brown and is a fast paced place to…

The Tasting Shed

On a sunny afternoon, one of The Tasting Shed’s Sundowner Sessions seemed a perfect way to spend the day. Tunes spun by George FM and a manicured lawn to lounge around on beanbags followed a long, lazy lunch in the sun. Situated in Kumeu and nestled amongst vineyards, The Tasting Shed is a great spot…

Meat Fish Wine

The clue is in the title and this classy, elegant restaurant on O’Connell Street is certainly all about good meat, fish and of course wine. We were invited to sample the menu by the restaurant and we couldn’t have been happier to oblige! Head chef Mark Wilson and his team use the best seasonal ingredients…

Dans le NOIR? (Dining in the dark?)

Last Tuesday we were invited by Dans le Noir for a unique experience : dining in the complete darkness! Dans Le Noir was started in Paris in 2004 and founder Edouard de Broglie took a bet on this risky project at first but has since enjoyed real success all over the world (Paris, London, Madrid,…

Le Vietnamese Kitchen

Vietnam and France have always had a strong relationship and French flavours and techniques have influenced Vietnamese cuisine for a long time now. Le Vietnamese Kitchen on Ponsonby Road combines traditional cooking techniques with a French influence and this results in a stunning cuisine. Decorated in a traditional Vietnamese style with French colonial accents, the…

Gina’s Italian Kitchen

Recently we were invited by First Table to trial their service and we immediately loved the idea behind it. As the old saying goes, ‘The Early Bird Catches the Worm,’ First Table allows you to catch the Early Bird dinner deals at a host of restaurants. The concept and website is simple and easy to…

Nanam

We’re back! After a long break overseas during Christmas and New Year, we are now back in Auckland and looking forward to continuing to bring you restaurant reviews from around the city. Nanam first opened its doors in March 2015, serving up authentic Filipino cuisine.It started out at the night markets in Auckland and eventually…

Baduzzi

A few weeks ago, you may have seen that we ran our first competition for our readers. All you had to do was tag three of your favourite Auckland restaurants on Instagram and tag a friend who you’d like to take with you. Our lucky winner was Hansa and her prize was dinner with us at…

Frasers

After a one month hiatus, neighbourhood favourite Frasers has reopened in Mount Eden village. A much loved favourite of locals, they have had a stunning refurb carried out by the Two Right Group and now boast exposed brick walls, a slick bar area and a light and airy space. Open seven days a week from…

Bellota

We are spoilt for choice with the restaurants lining Federal Street in the central city. One of the smaller but no less impressive restaurants is Spanish tapas restaurant Bellota. Meaning ‘acorn’ in Spanish, it is small but perfectly formed. Sultry, moody lighting, combined with a clever use of space ensures the restaurant retains a cosy,…

Major Sprout

Tucked away on Graham Street in the heart of the business district is Major Sprout. It is the latest venue of the creators of Dear Jervois, a much loved Auckland brunch spot. Heading up the kitchen is Phil Czerwonatis, former chef of Rosie cafe in Parnell. Imitating a garden feel, the cafe is light and…