We know that the weekend is really just an excuse just to eat out so, in preparation for the delicious weekend ahead, here are our top picks of where to dine.
Best Ugly Bagels
Newmarket & City Works Depot
While they may proclaim they’ve got the ugliest bagels in town, we think they’re actually pretty damn…pretty. Best Ugly Bagels is a great place to stop off in between your Saturday morning shopping for a PB & J fix, cream cheese and salmon…or whatever floats your boat from their wide range. Best Ugly Bagels are made Montreal-style—rolled, cut and then simmered in sweet honey water before being cooked in custom-made stone ovens. These babies have none other than Al Brown behind their success, so you know you’re onto a good thing.
The Blue Breeze Inn
If you haven’t yet caught up on the buzz around The Blue Breeze Inn, hop to. Chef Che Barrington combines Kiwi innovation and ancient tradition to Chinese Food and the result is divine. We just love their wontons (and no, they’re not your fish ‘n’ chip shop-style), and the stir-fried egg noodles, xo sauce and pork belly. It’s a shared menu, so order a variety of plates and tuck in. The restaurant is vibrant, and it would be a rare day that you could walk along Ponsonby Road and not see patrons sitting at the benches outside and tucking into the fare. When it comes to drinks, try something a little more exciting than your usual beer and vino—The Rum Jungle cocktails take drinking to a whole new level.
Brought to you by the same man behind Deco in Titirangi and Nomad in Pt Chev, Bodrum Kitchen is a relative newbie in the Brickworks development in New Lynn. Alex Isik is a little obsessed with getting the décor right (he spent $30,000 on the plates alone) and copper cutlery? We’re in! The food fuses Turkish and Greek and will make your tastebuds sizzle. Order the shared plates—we love the meatballs souvlaki, halloumi and smoked eggplant. And, take it from us, the coffee is one of the best in Auckland.
Find yourself up late and hungry? Head to level two of SkyCity for some great food and drinks. Serving up some a variety of burger delights—lamb, chicken, fish, beef, falafel, pork—take your pick, you also won’t regret the hot wings with buttery hot sauce and blue cheese dip. Sit American-style in one of Andy’s Burgers booths, soak in the good vibes and eat your way to full belly happiness.
Situated in the Imperial building in the heart of the CBD is a real treasure—Everybody’s. It’s a bar, function space and restaurant that literally caters to everyone. It is a split level space with an outdoor option and serves up modern European inspired dished under executive chef James Pask. Choose from the grazing, finger and fork menu to share with friends or that special someone. These are tasty little bites—fried chicken from Tokyo, Sriracha and spring onion relish or brown butter popcorn, porcini with truffle salt. Or, their middle ground menu is just as good—Angus beef sirloin, egg and chunky potato chips with salsa verde is everything you dream of.
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