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…

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…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

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…

The Dinner Club

A couple of weekends ago, we saw a great event advertised on Facebook. A collection of street food vendors all getting together and bringing their delicious offerings to an event space in Grey Lynn. Tucked away on a side street just off  Richmond Road were a selection of food trucks and huge communal tables to…