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’…

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…

Le Garde Manger

Where do you go to find rustic, hearty, traditional French food in Auckland? On first glance, you might not think that Upper Queen Street would be the first place you would venture to but you’d be mistaken. Tucked in between a host of Asian eateries is this French gem, complete with red and white checked…

Oaken

A recent opening on Quay Street in the CBD, Oaken has burst onto the scene with style, finesse and a refined elegance. The decor is on point with a rustic feel thanks to the wood panelled walls and simplistic yet stylish decor. So was this place more style than substance? We ventured over last weekend for…

Odettes Eatery

Odette’s has long been on our list of places to try and this past Monday we had the opportunity to have brunch there. Set in the City Works development on Wellesley Street West, the décor is simplistic and relaxed with an almost Scandinavian feel. Bustling and busy, almost every table was full on Bank Holiday…