Auckland is a city of foodies—boy do we love to eat! When it comes to dining out on the regular, it helps to have a list of tried and true restaurants to rely on, no matter what time of day. We've hunted out Auckland's best all-day eateries and can promise you'll never be stuck for a top notch restaurant suggestion again. We've got you covered for last-minute client lunches, meet the parents' dinners or just weekend brunching with the girls. And, the next time your Significant Other ‘doesn’t know’ what they want for dinner (!!!), keep calm and pick from our list—they're all winners and you will be too.
As Britomart's cool new kid, Oaken is all about elegant food all day, every day. Breakfast lovers rejoiced when Oaken extended their egg-centric breakfast menu to an all-day offering. The coddled egg with wagyu bresaola is the right amount of fancy for early in the morning. Oaken is a self-proclaimed ‘espresso free house’, choose between eighthirty, Peoples Coffee or Allpress coffee blend. By night, indulge in their tapas-style dishes which focus heavily on cured meats, smoked and pickled fish as well as specialty cheeses.
A fan favourite, when you can get a table that is—dedicated diners can wait up to two hours for a seat at this hot spot. We love the simplicity of the three-item breakfast menu: your choice of bacon and egg doona, toasted muesli or fresh beignets served with Havana coffee. When breakfast is done, the menu serves up a variety of small and large sharing plates. The sliders are a must and we can’t rave enough about the hapuka belly. The lamb ribs fall off the bone and we encourage using your hands! The beauty of Depot however lies at the raw bar: the juiciest oysters and clams in town.
With its bare wooden tables and jam jar light bulbs, this chic little cafe is modest yet homely. While Instagram famous for its cute coffee art, Petit Bocal's most popular breakfast item is the bruschetta. Or take a trip down memory lane with some old school eggs and soldiers. For lunch you'll find filled baguettes, croissants and tartines and in the evening, French sharing plates that will make the heart sing: warm goat’s cheese, honeycomb, figs and walnuts.
St Heliers Bay Bistro
Perfectly located along the picturesque St Heliers bay and promenade, this namesake café and restaurant is a great date spot. Whether you're brunching, long lunching or waterfront dining—go ahead and let time get away from you. For brunch, the smoked fish folded eggs are full of flavour. The pizzettas are served all day but given the beachfront location, the battered fish and hand cut chips are hard to pass up. Seal the deal (uh, romantic not business) with a walk along the sand afterwards.
We often wonder if it's socially acceptable to linger at The Fed and drink bottomless filter coffee all day—Lorelai Gilmore certainly makes it look like a good life! The Fed is a tried and true, and we love the entire menu. For breakfast, The Best Ugly bagel is classic and the Morning Glory haloumi salad is also worth a try. For lunch and beyond, the Montreal poutine is a must—team it with the salmon latkes and chicken sandwich (with LOTS of gravy). Wash it down with a cheeky Chimney Sweep because chocolate and peanut butter is always a good idea.
The Glass Goose
Just a few doors down from The Fed, The Glass Goose open its doors from 7am. Known for its rooftop bar area, when they started their breakfast menu, we were quickly won over. But, let's be frank, The Glass Goose is still a prime spot for drinks. While sipping your way through the afternoon or evening, chomp down on the crispy eggplant chips, halloumi and pumpkin salad, and cured meat platter.
Venture out to the eastern suburbs and you'll find Meadow. With a gorgeous sunny courtyard, cosy fireplace and a dedicated bar, you'll quite possibly want to spend all day here. The breakfast menu is a dream—think caramel buttermilk waffles, mushrooms with kale and parmesan and trusty bacon and egg butties. For those who do stick around, the sticky braised free range pork shoulder burger comes highly recommended. That is if the pulled beef cheek pizza hasn't already caught your eye…
We love Beirut’s beautifully modern yet intimate interior. In the morning, this contemporary Middle Eastern eatery serves up freekeh—hot caramelised lavender porridge with baklava flakes and plum. From midday onwards, we are fans of the fattoush (watermelon beetroot salad). And you can’t go wrong with the spiced duck which is equally wonderful.
Ortolana is Italian for "market gardener", a testament to the local seasonal produce symbolic of their dishes. Earlier in the day, a selection of grain and egg based dishes are on offer. Later on, the delightfully delicate pastas will win over even the most carb-adverse. The extensive beverage menu is also worth a mention—think house sodas, warm cocktails and carafes of wine. The author of this article can also confirm that a vino under the outdoor heaters made for a Tinder date success!
Pronounced eee-ma (not eye-ma), Ima is world famous for their vanilla bean custard hot cross buns which fly out of the oven at Easter. As an Eastern European/Israeli deli, expect traditional flavours of tahini, harissa, sumac and dukkah to grace the morning menu. It’s also a great venue for group dinners because Ima's moreish selection of side dishes which accompany the shared mains is the best excuse to rent a crowd and try it all (hint, the braised Lebanese lamb shoulder is a crowd favourite). Plus they actually take bookings—how refreshing!
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Image credit: Beirut