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…

Kiss Kiss

Proprietors of Chinoiserie and L’Oeuf, Celeste Thornley and brothers Jasper and Ludo Maignot’s newest venture is Kiss Kiss in Balmoral. Modeled on a Chiang Mai style dining hall, the decor is pink, eclectic and like nothing else in Auckland. Street food is what’s on offer here and patrons sit at long communal tables sampling the…

Devon on the Wharf

With plans to go and see the Dragon Poi fire show in Devonport, our thoughts turned to where to have dinner beforehand. We’d heard whispers of a brand new opening right on the wharf so it seemed the perfect place to have dinner before the show. The major selling point of Devon on the Wharf…

Paris Butter

Combine ambient lighting, elegant decor and an impressive and comprehensive menu. What do you get? You get chic neighbourhood bistro, Paris Butter. Nestled in the heart of Herne Bay, this restaurant is worth venturing out to the suburbs for. We can’t say enough about the decor of this place. Everything was so elegant, fresh 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…

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…