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…

Tantalus Estate

One of the best things about living in Auckland is that you can jump on a ferry from the city centre wharf and in forty five minutes you are on a paradise island. This island is covered in perfect beaches and vineyards and one of the newest vineyards to open is Tantalus Estate. Sitting on 5.3…

Little Jimmy

Every year ourselves and our friends like to have a girlie Christmas get together over lots of bubbles and delicious food. It’s a chance to catch up before the chaos of Christmas takes over and before people head away for the festive season. The venue of choice this year was Little Jimmy in Epsom. Fairy…

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…

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…

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…

Soljans Vineyard Cafe

This Queen’s Birthday Weekend we decided to head to Kumeu for a day of wine tasting and a really nice lunch. We’d heard great things about the cafe at Soljans Vineyard. It has been selected as one of Auckland’s Top 40 restaurants and so we knew we were in for some really good food. A…