Take us back to the ’90s when the only way of celebrating was with a buffet dinner. We’re talking countless pieces of pizza, OD'ing on jellybeans and soft serve ice-cream on tap—all washed down with a traffic light mocktail, of course. Ahh, those were the days! While buffets don’t quite exist like they used to, the City of Sails still has a decent crack at things. We’ve tracked down Auckland's best all-you-can-eat restaurants in for when à la carte just doesn’t cut it. Stretchy pants are advised.
Haru No Yume
If you're a die hard sushi fan who loves a slice of sashimi we've found the perfect place to fuel your sushi addiction. Haru No Yume is a Japanese haven of delicious offerings with everything from tempura prawns, karaage chicken and lotus chips. Japanese food wouldn't be complete without a generous helping of Kewpie mayo on hand of course! Yes, you can thank us later.
Overlooking the bee-utiful Murrays Bay, Serengeti brings the flavours of Africa to the North Shore. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday they run an all-you-can-eat ribs night. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-tuck-in-your-napkin experience for those with big appetites. Brace yourself for a rib coma.
Eight is a buffet restaurant with class. Located in the luxury soon-to-be-revamped Langham, the restaurant serves dishes from not one, not two, but eight (EIGHT!) kitchens all offering unique dining experiences. Their Auckland all-you-can-eat menu will take you on an international culinary adventure. Feast on everything from Indian curries and sushi to seafood and dim sum. You’ll find us eating our way through the New York-style grill. If you still have room, the dessert bar will have you thinking you’ve been transported to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. There’s even a chocolate fountain. Ermahgerd.
Wildfire is an Auckland institution that’s celebrated by meat lovers and Paleo folk alike for their all-you-can-eat churrascaria (read: Brazilian BBQ). Here you can eat cuts of New Zealand meat, their famous Wildfire sausages, seafood and a variety of sides until your heart’s content. Arrive hungry!
At Gengis Khan you take control of your dinner. Select your meat and veges from the raw buffet, add your sauces and make your way to the chefs. These BBQ masters will then cook your creation on one hella big Mongolian hot plate. They also have a salad buffet bar so there are no excuses not to get your 5+ a day. Save room for dessert because their perfectly fluffy pancakes are not to be missed.
What’s better than a curry? All-you-can-eat curry! At Wynyard Quarter’s Urban Turban they dish up bottomless curries, meaning you get unlimited refills. Yes, you read that right—unlimited. Woah damn. Challenge your friends to a curry-off and see how many bowls of butter chicken you can get through before you have to tap out. They also offer delicious Bombay-style tapas and desserts—anyone for chocolate samosas?
Katsura Japanese Restuarant
If you're in need of a reality getaway, then head to this hidden gem that literally transports you to Japan with their restaurant decorated with blissful bamboo and orchids. Perfect for a work lunch or a well-deserved dinner, Katsura Japanese has you sorted with a raw and salad bar as well as made-to-order sushi. Umm yum?! Who says you can't have dinner and a show? Katsura also has a live teppanyaki station for dinner. We can't get enough of this Auckland all-you-can-eat restaurant!
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