Dad, papa, farj, pops. Whatever you call your father, you wouldn’t be who (literally) or where you are today without him. And, as we all know, there’s no better way to say thanks than with food and alcohol.
To help you give your dad the day he deserves, we’ve rounded up the best places to take your dad this father’s day. From craft beer bars to Italian feasts, your old man will be chuffed.
If sandwiches and coffee are more up your dad’s alley, then Ceremony is the ticket. This funky Grafton spot will introduce your old man to the glorious creation that is the #2—a sandwich jam packed with pork and fennel sausage, an over easy egg, cheddar, slaw and sriracha mayo. Blame Ceremony if dad ends up tagging along to all your future Sunday hungover feeds. He’ll be hooked.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
If your old man is a meat-lover, book in at The Grill. You’ll be treated to a truly impressive meat-centric feast. Kick things off with oysters, mini wagyu burgers and salmon tartare. Next, a study of beef, lamb and pork will be carved for the table to enjoy with duck fat chips, Grandma’s carrots with parsley butter, and cabbage and parmesan slaw. Tums will be super full, so end things on a light note with coconut sago.
Head out of town to check out Sawmill Brewery. Bloody good beers are a given, but this cool spot is also home to a great food menu. Nibble on fresh flounder and smoked sardine pate in the beer garden while knocking back a beer or two. This one is a must for hop head dads.
Brothers Juke Joint BBQ
Like your craft beer closer to town? Mt Eden’s Juke Joint is the place to go. Share a tray of meaty goodness, tater tots and mac’n’cheese, washed down by a beer paddle. If your dad is a beer fan, he’ll be impressed with the on-site brewery. Sit inside and soak in the atmosphere or find a pozzy in the courtyard. Either way, it will guarantee you a spot in dad’s good books.
Gusto at the Grand
Men love to eat and your dad is probably no different. Luckily, Gusto at the Grand will have no shortage of food this Father’s Day. You, dad and the rest of the fam can enjoy a four-course lunch of Italian deliciousness. Start at the antipasto table with zuchinni bruschetta, mushroom arancini and sliced meat, among other delicious offerings before sharing a big bowl of Cloudy Bay clams, spaghetti, garlic, chilli and ‘poor man’s’ parmesan. There will also be porchetta, duck fat roast potatoes and a grand finale of classic tiramisu.
Stunning harbour views and stellar seafood to match is sure to impress the socks off your pops. Harbourside’s lunch menu is dotted with everything from classic fish pie and fresh crayfish to confit duck and slow roasted pork belly—if anything, dad will struggle to choose! With a selection of top New Zealand wine and a tempting Baileys ice parfait, your dad will leave as one happy camper.
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Image credit: The Grill