Today’s the day, people! A new month is upon us and 31 days of eating awaits. While it’s tempting to stick to your favourite burger joint or #girlsnight spot, Auckland has recently welcomed a fleet of new eateries, waiting for you to walk through their doors.
In light of this (and to help you broaden your culinary horizons), we’ve found 10 damn tasty meals for you to try this March.
Hello Friends + Allies
Must try: Fresh Seasonal Mushroom Medley
If it’s brunch you’re after, the recently opened Hello Friends + Allies in Epsom is definitely worth a visit. There, you’ll find a mushie medley with whipped feta, truffle oil, rye toast, Thai basil and a perfect poached egg. Pair it with a cold brew and ‘magic milk’ (a condensed milk and regular milk combo) and you’ve got yourself a light, yet filling, brekkie.
Jafa By Night
Must try: Rare-Seared Fillet of Beef
Pop-up bistro, Jafa By Night, changes its menu fortnightly so if you want (and trust us, you’ll want) to try the perfection that is their fillet of beef, you better get in quick. This dish consists of melt-in-your-mouth beef fillet with a ragout of peppered beef (double meat FTW), flaky pastry, cauliflower puree and wilted kale to balance it out. It’s an exceptional dish, and one you have to try this March.
Must try: Laksa
It’s a sad but true fact that summer is over. The chilly months are not too far away, so why not prematurely embrace their arrival with something soul-warming? New K Road bar, Madame George, makes a mighty fine prawn laksa. They make their laksa paste from scratch before cooking it with juicy prawns and serving alongside pea flower coconut rice. With this dish you’ll be wanting winter to get a wriggle on.
Must try: A Whole Lamb + All The Trimmings
For one month and one month only, Molten is serving up a rather special addition to its slow-cooked feasting menu—a whole lamb. Beginning early March, Molten will be offering an epic food and wine matching experience featuring an organic milk-fed lamb, Greystone Estate Pinot Noir and all the trimmings. We’re talking ratatouille with pancetta and baby onions, fresh green beans, duck fat roasted potatoes, fresh bread and a few other surprises. It’s enough to feed up to six peeps, so rally your carnivore pals and give Molten a call (this little lambie won’t cook itself).
Pocket Bar & Kitchen
Must try: Vietnamese Tartare
Grey Lynn’s new watering hole set out to impress and that is has. While it’s more than tempting to fall head first into the cocktail menu (who can resist an Aperol spritz?), we recommend you kick off your evening with something from the kitchen, more specifically the Vietnamese tartare. Not the typical drinking companion, but this dish is packed with a whole lotta zing and flavour thanks to coriander, chilli and nahm jim. Scoop it all up with crunchy prawn crackers for a smashing March meal.
Must try: Scugnizzielli Napolentana
We recently hunted down Auckland’s Best Deep Fried Dishes and during our research we made a life changing discovery: Scugnizzielli Napolentana. It may be a bit of a mouthful, but this dessert consists of deep fried pizza dough drizzled in Nutella and sprinkled in hazelnuts, and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. 10/10, SetteBello.
Must try: Clevedon Tomatoes on Spelt Bread
You can’t beat the simple stuff, especially when it comes to food. Taking a fresh, from-the-land approach to its menu, The Governor is quickly becoming a favourite with Auckland brunchers. Promise us you’ll ditch the eggs bene for a day and try their Clevedon tomatoes on fried spelt bread with Matakana olive oil, herbs and sea salt. This humble dish brings pops of colour to the plate without overcomplicating things and needs to be on your March munching hit list.
Must try: De San Xian
Before you consult Google, let us tell you that De San Xian is bloody good. Artwok takes three modest vegetables—eggplant, capsicum and potato—and makes them shine with a garlic and soy reduction. This dish is the dream for all you vegos and will make even the fiercest of meat-loyalists view veggies in a whole new light.
Scarlett Slimms & Lucky
Must try: Pigs Muffuletta Sandwich
As far as sammies go, it doesn’t get much better than a pigs muffuletta sandwich from Scarlett Slimms & Lucky in Mt Eden. Don’t let the name put you off, this beauty originates for New Orleans and features sliced meat (salami and mortadella), andouille, tapanede, pickles and smoked provolone. It’s bloody big and totally delicious so bring your appetite… or else.
Must try: Sundaes
Inner-city dessert den, Miann, appear to be on a sundae buzz at the moment and we’re pretty chuffed about it. The flavour changes daily but so far people have been able to tuck into raspberry, strawberry and coconut shortcake, mocha made with Eight Thirty coffee, and vanilla, berry, chocolate and coconut caramel. Your March made better by Miann.
Keen to keep busy this month? Here are 21 Things To Do This March In Auckland.
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