Auckland has really upped the ante in the hospo stakes lately. With new places opening left, right and centre, it’s hard to keep track of them all. To keep you in the loop with what’s good, we’ve complied this handy-dandy guide of Auckland’s newest restaurants, bars and cafes you need to know about. Consider it a hit-list for you upcoming dining adventures. You’re welcome.
If your sweet tooth needs a fix, look no further than Point Chev’s Mint Cakery. The Mt Albert Market regular is now in a permanent location and we could. not. get. any. more. excited. Here you’ll find handmade brioche, mini loafs and baby cakes in a range of mouth-watering flavours such as lime, plum and pistachio, and sticky date and salted caramel.
From the cool kids who brought us L’oeuf and Chinoiserie comes their latest venture, Kiss Kiss. The Thai-inspired restaurant is open from 7am with a delish brekkie menu starring rum and orange brioche French toast and coconut black sticky rice. Visit from 5pm onwards to get amongst pad si ew and spicy minced pork larb followed by pandan custard doughuts and everyone’s favourite mango sticky rice.
There’s no need to mission-it to the CBD for a delicious meal out. Dominion Road newcomer Onslow is all about using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create nutritious, shared dishes. The restaurant serves dishes such as halloumi mushrooms, spiced rubbed pork shoulder and cured smoked salmon. Stick around for dessert to enjoy rhubarb crème brûlée and plum and pistachio filo.
City eats just got a whole lot tastier thanks to Oaken on Quay Street. Visit over breakfast and choose from six (!) egg dishes washed down with your choice of coffee (they serve Eighthirty, Allpress and Peoples coffee here). Lunch is all about the gourmet sandwiches and salads and, as for dinner, the menu changes weekly with a different daily dish Monday to Saturday.
Introducing your new after-work haunt and music venue: Underpass! Located on Lower Hobson Street, the former carpark has been transformed into a bar specialising in after-work drinks, eats and late-night entertainment. The street food-inspired menu features four skewer offerings as well as tacos, meatballs and fish sliders. The best part? Each dish is just $4!
At the helm of Jervois Road newbie Paris Butter, you’ll find renowned chef Nick Honeyman. The menu focuses on French bistro fare prepared with a few culinary twists. Start with an entrée of chicken liver parfait and venison carpaccio before moving on to a main of confit chicken leg. No visit is complete without dessert. Choose between the likes of Paris butter rice pudding and classic crème brûlée.
If you’re into South-East Asian cuisine, then you absolutely must check out Takapuna’s Tok Tok. Owned by the same team from Le Vietnamese Kitchen, this restaurant has one damn tasty menu. Get amongst hapuka red curry, pork and scallop dumplings, beef brisket steamed buns, kingfish sashimi and duck pad thai. Nab a table in the covered outdoor seating area and eat the day away.
Keeping inner-city tummies happy is new kid on the block Vikki Lane. The all-day eatery starts the day with bacon butties, sausage sammies and coffee (of course) before moving on to a lunch/evening menu. We’re all about their stone-baked pizzas (pork belly pizza is a thing here) and Grey Lynn Butchers’ sausages served with perfectly matched accompaniments—try the classic beef and garlic that sits pretty on top of crushed spuds and caramelised onion gravy.
White + Wong’s
East meets West at White + Wong’s Quay Street restaurant. Kick things off with a cocktail—or ‘woktail’ as they like to call them—before tackling their flavoursome dishes. We’re talking tom yum soup, lamb massaman curry and kingfish sashimi with flavours of chilli, coconut, coriander—yum! There’s also dumpling and everyone’s current favourite: gua bao buns!
Lucky Lucky Dumplings
Last but in no ways least is K Road’s Lucky Lucky Dumplings. Situated in an old strip club, this pop-up eatery is a spot for dumplings, bao, confit duck pancakes and cheap yet unique cocktails—served in sealed bubble tea cups, nonetheless. You’ll be ‘lucky lucky’ to get a table as this place books out fast!
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