Masu

When talking to anyone in Auckland about where to get great Japanese food, one name kept cropping up. With this in mind we booked a table for 6 of us for a Japanese feast at Masu. We went on a busy Friday night and were excited for what was to come. The restaurant is beautifully…

Mulan

In terms of South East Asian cuisine, there’s a new kid on the block. Nestled in the heart of Birkenhead on the North Shore, Mulan delivers Malaysian food from the homeland of chef James Balakrishnan. Simply and authentically decorated, the menu is split into ‘Bites,’ ‘Picks,”Home,’ ‘Sweets’ and ‘Sides.’ Highlighted in each section is the…

Al’s Deli

Have you ever been to a Canadian diner? Many of us have been to American diners with their pancakes, slices of pie and hotdogs but now replace those notions with poutine, bagels and moose ears. Owner of Al’s deli, Aleks Lazic is a Montreal native who brought his hometown food to Auckland in 2013. Bagels…

The Grill by Sean Connolly

What do you picture when you envisage the perfect steakhouse? For us it’s dim lighting, plush furnishings, red wine and quality meat. You know those times when you really fancy a bloody good steak? This was one of those nights for us and we knew exactly where we wanted to get it.   Part of…

Ebisu

August in Auckland means one thing – Restaurant Month. For the whole of August participating restaurants feature special menus and there are numerous foodie events happening around the city. We took the opportunity to sample Ebisu’s Restaurant Month menu. For $55 we received four exquisite courses combined with top notch service in a beautiful, serene…

Miann

Gone are the days of desserts being an afterthought and being served substandard ready made frozen ‘delights’ after a meal. There is a new wave of dessert restaurants popping up and they are taking desserts seriously! The brainchild of husband and wife team Brian and Roselle Campbell, Miann is the Gaelic word for ‘to desire’…

El Humero

Unfamiliar with Colombian BBQ restaurants, where better to make our first foray than New Zealand’s first? Using wood fired and charcoal grills, the restaurant is loud, bustling and full of Latin flavour. Situated just off Hurstmere Road, El Humero keeps good company sitting alongside Dante’s Pizza, Bird on a Wire and Burger Burger Fish Fish….

Cibo

A restaurant situated within an old chocolate factory certainly piqued our interest and we made a booking immediately. Even better is the fact it is just at the bottom of our road! Two words that immediately sprung to mind upon entering Cibo were decadent and atmospheric. Moody lighting and elegant interiors combined with quirky notes…

Scarlett Slimms & Lucky

When we started seeing crazy Instagram photos and Facebook posts of a pretty epic Bloody Mary, we felt inclined to do some research and track down this beauty. Pretty partial to a tipple or three this beauty came with elaborate garnishes and we knew we had to check it out. The place serving up these…

Ortolana

Meaning ‘market gardener’ in Italian, Ortolana which is situated within the hustle and bustle of Britomart is an elegant, contemporary space. Although small, it is perfectly formed with classy fixtures and fittings in a light filled conservatory. An open and welcoming space, Ortolana is connected to the dessert cafe Milse next door and therefore you…

Café Hanoi

When hearing Aucklanders talk about where to get the best Vietnamese food in the city, Café Hanoi’s name came up often. Situated in Britomart, you could almost walk straight past the inconspicuous door on the corner of Galway and Commerce Street. The cosy, calm and authentic atmosphere grips you as soon as you walk through…

Federal Delicatessen

Sometimes you just need a bit of Americana in your life. At times like this you either want to head off to a drive-in movie or plonk yourself down in a diner with pie served up by the slice and waitresses in 1950s retro outfits. Luckily a place exactly like this exists in Auckland and…