Madriz

Looking for a slice of Spain in Auckland? The new dining precinct – Snickel Lane is home to Auckland’s newest tapas restaurant, Madriz. Madriz aims to bring the experience of an authentic Spanish tapas bar to Auckland. Authentic Spanish products are imported so you can be assured you are getting an authentic experience. Legs of…

The Bluestone Room

We all live busy lives and sometimes we just want good food that’s served quickly. Enter The Bluestone Room – they have launched a new Express Menu and invited us down to sample the offerings. Starting its life as a 19th century warehouse the building marries old and new beautifully. Native Kauri ceiling beams and…

Culprit

Our very talented photographer Alex recently celebrated her birthday and with a large group we wanted somewhere that would cater for around twenty people. After some research and recommendations from friends we decided on Culprit. The position of the restaurant is nice and central being just off Queen Street in the city centre so was…

Inti

We were recently invited to sample the exotic and alluring cuisine of South America by one of the newest kids on the Auckland restaurant block – Inti. Headed up by Spanish chef Javier Carmona, Inti puts a contemporary  spin on traditional Hispanic dishes. Situated on the corner of O’Connell and Chancery Streets in a grand…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…