Auckland’s Best New Restaurant Openings In 2022 You Need To Know About

By Kathryn Steane
15th Dec 2022

We live for new openings (especially the kind that involve food) and know you do, too. Fortunately, Auckland is the city that just keeps on giving when it comes to new restaurants, bars and cafes—pandemic be damned. 

So without further ado here are the best new restaurant and foodie openings in Auckland, as well as a li'l peek at what's coming soon.

Now Open

Mighty Hotdog, Sylvia Park

The legends at Mighty Hotdog have opened yet another store, this time 'round at Sylvia Park. Following on from their hugely popular outlets in the CBD, Royal Oak and Pakuranga, the home of sugar-dusted Korean hotdogs has added to its brood with a shiny silver caravan which you'll find parked up in the mall's foodie laneway, open every day from 11 am until late. If you're new to the world of Korean hotdogs, we urge you to check these guys out—four stores is no mean feat, after all! Whether you opt for their best-selling sausage and mozzarella number, their Iconic Auckland Eats-awarded kumara option or even a 'dessert dog' stuffed with chocolate and peanuts, there are no wrong decisions here.

Bunty's, Milford

Word has reached us of a new burger joint in Milford. Bunty's is its name and you'll find it on Kitchener Road, right next door to another new-ish eatery, the incredible Tokki. Despite having only opened in December, Bunty's is already making quite the impression on locals thanks to their gourmet brand of smash burgers, which you'll find served alongside some classy small plates (pumpkin, mushroom and sundried tomato arancini, for example) and a selection of boozy bevvies, all in an upmarket, diner-style setting. Personally, we can't wait to sink our teeth into their classic cheeseburger, which features not one, but two 100% pure Angus beef patties made with meat from local butchery Well Hung, smooshed together with grilled cheese, pickles, onions, mayo and mustard. Dang.

Ragtag, Westmere

Picture this: succulent pieces of slow-cooked duck, drenched in a peppery sauce and apricot salsa, all poured into a soft duck-fat flour tortilla. Or perhaps a mountain of fluffy chocolate mousse, dripping in olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Or how about some crunchy beef 'nuggets', stuffed with juicy meat and dressed in a punchy green chilli sauce? If this sounds like your idea of heaven, we have to agree. The good news is, you don't have to take a trip to the pearly gates to try it—a trip to Westmere will do just fine. That's where you'll find this bonafide food-of-the-gods, at a brand-new restaurant by the name of Ragtag. Mosey over to Ragtag's full review including images and opening times.

BOSSI, Auckland CBD

We think you'll agree there's something of a renaissance happening in the CBD right now in the area of Italian food. Introducing BOSSI, an exquisite new Italian restaurant nestled into the ground floor of The Pacifica, the country's tallest residential skyscraper located on Commerce Street. Some of you may already be familiar with the BOSSI name—they opened an authentic Italian deli named DELI di BOSSI, right next door in April. Jenna Carter is the face behind BOSSI, and together with executive chef, Shaun Dowling, she is hoping to bring real-deal Italian cuisine to our little corner of the world—albeit with a pinch of luxury, because, you know, la dolce vita and all that. Take a look at Bossi's full review including more images and opening times.

Aigo Noodle Bar, Ponsonby

A mouthwatering new noodle bar has landed on Ponsonby Road from hospo legend, David Lee, and you're going to want to get there, stat. Lee has been instrumental in bringing us some of the city's most moreish Korean cuisine in recent years (think Gochu and before that, The Candy Shop), and this latest spot—Aigo—is no exception. Prepare to be bowled over by some of the most slurp-worthy dishes imaginable at this new eatery (whose name, rather fittingly, translates to 'oh my' in English) including thick, hand-pulled noodles stacked with scampi and prawn meatballs—kimcheese fries laden with bulgogi, gochujang chipotle and cheddar cheese sauce—and what we're picking will become Aigo's signature dish, tteokbokki (rice cakes) smothered in cacio e pepe, torched cheese and truffle. Bloody hell. Stick a fork in this saucy Korean goodness at 168 Ponsonby Road from 12pm-late, Wednesday through Sunday.

Bivacco, The Viaduct

If you love to wine and dine waterside (and who doesn't?) you're going to love the hot new Italian eatery Bivacco. The prime spot that once housed Headquarters has been completely transformed by hospitality legends Savor Group into an elegant eatery that will transport you straight to the heart of the Amalfi Coast, bringing a splash of Italian razzle-dazzle to the sunny Viaduct, just in time for summer. Serving up simple unfussy Italian fare made with the finest locally sourced ingredients—think amazing Antipasti, hearty Mediterranian mains, freshly made pasta, and tantalizing desserts. Pair all of that with an elite waterside location, unparalleled views, and an exquisite cocktail menu, and Bivacco is perfect for your next rendezvous. Take a look at Bivacco's full review including images and opening times.

Shake Out, Commercial Bay

Burgers never go out of style, especially when they're the kind coming outta Shake Out's kitchen. Shake Out has been a fave of ours since they jumped onto the scene a few years back, thanks to their freshly-crafted burgs featuring patties made from prime, juicy New Zealand beef served on soft, potato and pumpkin flour buns. Now the legendary burger brand, which has branches in Smales Farm as well as Hamilton and Palmy, has a brand-new spot inside Commercial Bay (you'll find it on the second floor in the Harbour Eats food hall) to fulfil the CBD's burger cravings. Don't forget to grab one of their famous shakes while you're there (previous flavours have included peanut butter and jelly, fairy bread and bubblegum)—they don't call it Shake Out for nothing.

KOL, Ponsonby

Pronounced 'Coal', KOL is hospo legends and award-winning restaurateurs Sid and Chand Sahrawat's triumphant return to Ponsonby, taking over the iconic villa previously held by Rocco and MooChowChow. The space has now been transformed into a casual yet stylish eatery where the emphasis is on dishing up innovative cocktails and fiery flavours, a place to drink and snack with gleeful abandon. Think Amritsari prawn toast, beef tartare, vindaloo fries, kingfish served with carrot kanji and a 12-hour marinated goat leg that is just melt-in-your-mouth perfection. With an emphasis on serving up great drinks, choose from cutting-edge cocktails, a dedicated gin menu, and an extensive wine list. Scope out KOL's full review including images and opening times.

The GF Depot, Meadowbank

After mouthwatering gluten-free fare? Make a beeline for The GF Depot for everything from beef and cheese burgers matched with a euphoric load of fries to lemongrass curry and borderline spiritual pancakes. Impressive from first bite to full belly, if you've ever felt awkward (or worse, apologetic) about your dietary requirements—whether you’re Coeliac, wheat intolerant, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, keto or low GI—The GF Depot’s got you. Rejoice. Check out The GF Depot's full review including images and opening times.

Maison Des Lys, Grey Lynn

An exciting new French patisserie has landed in Grey Lynn and it’s serving up some of the best vegan treats in town. Maison Des Lys is New Zealand’s first plant-based French patisserie on a mission to prove that you don't have to compromise on taste or quality when it comes to Vegan treats—and trust us, once you’ve tasted their pastries, you’ll completely agree. Dishing up strawberry tarts, apricot danish and almond hazelnut milk chocolate cruffins and we can't forget about the most sort after pastry at Maison Des Lys— their famous hand-crafted croissants. Bon appétit mes amis. Take a look at Maison Des Lys' full review including images and opening times.

MoVida, Britomart

A Melbourne icon for almost two decades, MoVida has officially landed on our shores, bringing its beloved brand of Spanish-style tapas and sharing plates with it. The brainchild of Barcelona native and acclaimed chef, Frank Camorra, MoVida has spawned an empire of sorts since first opening in the early 2000s, with two additional eateries and several airport outposts to its name, as well as the unofficial title of the restaurant that kickstarted Melbourne's obsession with tapas. Now it's Auckland's turn to partake of the MoVida goodness—the eatery arrived here at the end of August, moving into the space previously occupied by Ostro (and where, in fact, it appeared as a pop-up some years ago). Check out MoVida's full review including images and opening times.

The Dog Spot, Ponsonby

An epic new hotdog joint has joined the ranks at Ponsonby Central. The Dog Spot is its name and further digging (of facts, not under a fence or in the yard!) has revealed that it's definitely a must-visit. Slinging gourmet hotdogs centred around saussies from the award-winning Westmere Butchery, you're already off to a good start—however, that's certainly not where the good times end, oh no. Each 'dog draws inspo from a different part of the globe and that means snags topped with fries and cheese sauce (Texas), caramelised onion, sauerkraut and mustard (Frankfurt), and guacamole, jalapeños, and corn chips (Tijuana). Finish things off with a churros-topped milkshake, and you've got yourself a real dog's dinner (we mean that in the best possible way, of course).

Inwards Goods, Auckland CBD

Join us in welcoming Inwards Goods, the latest (and incredibly delicious) addition to downtown's Imperial House precinct, where you'll also find the iconic Roxy nightclub and Everybody's bar and eatery. Inwards Goods is set to put its own unique stamp on the downtown dining scene—masquerading as a hip coffee lounge by day, then transforming into a cosy street bar, complete with espresso martinis on tap, at night. Add to that the boujeest cheese toasties in town, available from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 1am for your eating pleasure—and we reckon you have the makings of something pretty spesh. Peep Inwards Goods' full review including images and opening times.

Tokki, Milford

Oh, Milford. Do you have any idea just how lucky you are? If the answer is no (or a tentative yes), then we're about to tell you why you should indeed be feeling blessed/fortuitous/all of the above. Jason Kim—an icon of the Auckland culinary scene, whom many of you will know from the hugely popular Gochu at Commercial Bay—has landed in your midst with a charming new Korean eatery called Tokki which is slinging metre-long noodles, prawn and mushroom-stuffed chicken wings, and other edible delights. To those of you who live in the area (or anywhere north of the bridge, for that matter), permission to brag is now officially granted. Take a look at Tokki's full review including images and opening times.

Gloria's, Karangahape Road

The Bar Celeste team have been a busy bunch since opening their namesake venture back in 2019, adding the popular East St. Hall and now a brand-new pie and sammie shop to their brood. Named Gloria's, this wee cutie can be found in the same neighbourhood as their two existing establishments at 170 Karangahape Road and is about to become your new fave lunch spot. Dishing up stacked sammies, gourmet pies and unconventional saussie rolls (who knew corned beef flavour was a thing?) along with a healthy dose of retro vibes (think chequered floors and orange signage), it's open for your eating pleasure from 7 am-2 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Origine, Commercial Bay

Tears were definitely shed when Saxon + Parole closed its doors late last year, but every cloud has a silver lining and in this case, it comes in the form of Origine—Ben Bayly's latest venture with business partner, Chris Martin and their respective wives, Cara and Lucile, which has just opened its doors at Commercial Bay. Fans of Ben's work know he can lend his hand to literally anything, whether that's whipping up Kiwi kai at nearby Ahi, putting home cooks through their paces on MKR, or plating up Italian cuisine at Arrowtown's Aosta—and this latest spot, a modern French bistro, doesn't disappoint. With a lavish menu inspired by la France's most beloved dishes, using only the finest local ingredients, you should come expecting seriously good (and seriously delicious!) things. Check out Origine's full review including images and opening times.

Bar Albert, CBD

It's time to level up your bar game Auckland, and we have just the place. Bar Albert's the name, and aside from being the city's newest rooftop bar, it's also the country's highest—sitting a staggering 38 floors above street level, atop the gorgeous voco Auckland City Centre hotel. Yes, if sipping tipples while taking in sky-high views is up your alley (hell yeah it is!), then Bar Albert is about to become your new fave drinking destination. Take a look at Bar Albert's full review including images and opening times.

Pikuniku, Greenlane

Sitting pretty on a corner site in Greenlane is Pikuniku, a cute new neighbourhood eatery dishing up brunch with a delicious Japanese twist. This is the latest project from hospo darlings, Isaac Yu and Jeff Kim, who run the nearby Slowlane (also highly delicious) and a number of other top-notch eateries. The team have honed in on some of your fave brunch-time dishes and given them a sizeable shake-up—introducing distinctly Japanese flavours that will have your tastebuds jumping for joy. Scope out Pikuniku's full review including images and opening times.

Ooh-Fa, Mount Eden

The hottest ticket in town right now is Ooh-Fa—a brand-new pizza and wine bar from the masterminds behind Karangahape Road's phenomenally successful pasta joint, Pici. That's right fam, in what could be the most genius move of 2022, the team that acquainted us with cacio e pepe and olive oil cheesecake have opened a dedicated pizzeria on Dominion Road. Serving up a boujee, 22-seater space that oozes friendly neighbourhood vibes, the focus here is on simple yet delicious slices, washed down with natural wines. Peep Ooh-Fa's full review including images and opening times.

Taco Medic, CBD

Auckland's appetite for Taco Medic is growing, literally. The gluten-free taco brand, which started life as a food truck in Queenstown and opened the doors to its first craft taqueria in Auckland on Ponsonby Road this year has just opened a second outpost on the corner of Quay and Albert Streets. Learn more about Taco Medic's latest outpost here.

Sunset, CBD

Sunset is now open atop the Sudima Hotel on Nelson Street, bringing with it ‘70s-style vibes and an incredible west-facing terrace for those golden hour 'grams. And that's not all. A number of experts consulted on the drinks menu, which includes an eclectic wine list, locally focussed beer selection and bespoke cocktails, while the food reflects executive chef Harmeet Singh Nanda’s Mumbai heritage (think masala waffle fries with parmesan and tomato kasundi, fried chicken with curried mustard and pickled onion, and poppadoms with whipped avocado, green chilli and pomegranate salsa). Oh and don't forget the DJ sessions, running daily.  Read more about Sunset here.

Sweet Jervois, Herne Bay

Considered one of the city's best brunch spots, Dear Jervois has expanded its repertoire with its very own gelato parlour—located right next door, as luck would have it. This cute new shop (dubbed Sweet Jervois, naturally) is slinging scoops of Charlie's Gelato (which you may recognise from your road trips north—they're based in Matakana), along with milkshakes and coffee. We know it's still winter and all, but ice cream is always a good time, don't you agree?

Phat Philly's, Morningside

It's come to our attention that there's a new eatery dedicated entirely to the incredibleness that is the Philly cheesesteak sandwich. A rare find in these parts ('parts' being Auckland) but in our opinion, one of the best things since between sliced bread, this meaty delight comes to us by way of Philadelphia and brings together steak, onions, and a shitload of melted cheese inside one glorious hoagie roll. Yip, this sandwich is every bit as dirty as it sounds and Phat Philly's in Morningside, bought to us by the team behind Kind, Morningcider and Crave, are doing it absolute cheese-drenched justice. They even offer a mushroom version for all you vege-loving folk out there and best of all, you can dip your chosen treat in a punnet of extra melted cheese (naturally).

Vic Road Wine Bar & Cellar, Devonport

Looking for a small, chic, neighbourhood spot to indulge any whim you might have around wine? Look no further than Vic Road Wine Bar & Cellar in Devonport. Housed in a cosy heritage building completely laced with bottles from around the world, you’ll experience wine of all kinds in all its glory. Dig into a range of elevated Euro-tapas dishes—including a whole mozzarella ball, fine pate, octopus and one of the best steak tartares in Auckland—and pair them with a glass or two from their ever-changing by-the-glass wine list. Oh, and if you happen to find a wine you love so much and can’t part ways with, you’ll find a bottle for every wine on offer to-go, cellar, to keep the cosiness going at home. Next date night is officially sorted. Scope out Vic Road Wine Bar's full review including images and opening times.

BANZIHA Korean Bar & Restaurant, Grey Lynn

Ponsonby’s got a brand new hidden gem called BANZIHA that's slinging homemade soju slushies alongside an array of Korean bar eats, both big and small. Dig into a mountain of cheesy, spicy charcoaled chicken with the Volcanic Korean Chicken (cheese buldak) or curb your cravings with small bites like spicy pork back ribs (with generous meaty portions). One thing’s for sure, their housemade soju slushies are not to be missed. They’re fruity, light and fluffy, impossibly flavoursome to the point you’ll forget they’re boozy. You’ll find BANZIHA, a Korean bar and eatery, nestled under street level just off the Ponsonby Williamson Road intersection—perfect for a pick-me-up on the way home or to hide away from the world and people watch. Drool over BANZIHA's full review including images and opening times.

Javalab, CBD

Ooh la la, a gorgeous new French patisserie has finally opened downtown and it's definitely been worth the wait. After sitting out the worst of the pandemic in a lush site on the corner of Customs and Gore Street, it's just opened its sleek doors this week. We're talking about Javalab, which is serving up incredible baked goods and a range of experimental, Fairtrade coffee brews and blends from its spot on the ground floor of the recently re-opened SO/ Auckland hotel. Authentic French treats are the name of the game here—think macarons, eclairs and croissants, along with toasted burritos and hot-pressed paninis for the savoury fans. Oui, oui, oui.

Palmer, CBD

Find food and booze in ample supply at Palmer, the swanky new bar and restaurant that's opened its doors downtown at 1 Albert Street (formerly West Plaza). Expect plenty of Palms Springs vibes (hence the name) but more importantly, an incredible menu led by next-generation Kiwi chef James Kenny—we're talking manuka martinis, savoury Italian doughnuts, mille-feuille... the only thing left to do is check it out and yes, you'll probably see us there when you do.

Barcita, Karangahape Road 

Remember how our friends at Candela were working on something special? Well we can now tell you, that something special is Barcita—a super gorge secret bar and private dining space hidden out the back of the restaurant. We know you'll be as excited for this one as we are, what with its divine menu of cheeses, charcuterie and cheesecake, sitting alongside an epic selection of highballs, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic tipples. Peep Barcita's full review including images and opening times.

De Nada, Mount Eden

We love a sleek neighbourhood eatery as much as we love Mexican food and thankfully, Mount Eden Village newcomer De Nada dishes up both—with a light, fresh and chic vibe. This hot new taqueria and tequila bar comes complete with a menu full of items both authentic and elevated—think margaritas and mojitos with delectably quirky spins (lychee and raspberry margarita, anyone?) to nachos with the likes of tuna sashimi or chorizo. Don’t leave without trying the light, slightly crisped and lavishly dusted churros now will you. If it’s not for the moreish caramel and punchy dark chocolate sauces (after all, the Aztecs did pioneer chocolate), then at least let the flame as it arrives to your table be your reason for nabbing them. Scope out De Nada's full review including images and opening times.  

Parade, Ponsonby

Parade has a new haunt and we’re totally in love. Just a stone’s throw from their O.G. home on Ponsonby Road this levelled up chapter of Parade comes complete with a garden fit-out and liquor licence. Vibes. Get your mouth around their seriously tasty burgers in their signature house-made pretzel-style buns-from smashed patties and free-range chicken to seasonal vege, their exceptional extras (hellooo, loaded fries) and their cocktail jugs. Yes, jugs. Scope out Parade's full review including images and opening times.  

Mighty Hotdog, Pakuranga

First it was the CBD, then it was Royal Oak, now it's Pakuranga's turn to welcome Mighty Hotdog to the neighbourhood. You'll find them at 131 Pepler Street, Pakuranga Plaza, slinging their highly addictive brand of Korean-style hotdogs on a stick (that means fried to perfection, rolled in sugar-yes, sugar-then loaded with your fave sauces and other toppings). Hot damn.

Deli Di Bossi, CBD

Treat yourself to the good life at Deli di Bossi, an authentic Italian deli that's just opened as part of The Pacifica, Auckland's tallest residential tower and which will be joined later in the year by a fine dining restaurant, bar, and private function space also under the Bossi name (see Coming Soon, below). Carb-load to your heart's content with freshly-baked bread and pasta, create the charcuterie board of your dreams with lush meats and cheeses, or simply swing by for a cup of coffee and a cannoli. And don't forget to check out their selection of Cicchetti, aka traditional Italian street food.

The Bridgman, Mount Eden

What do you get when you breathe new life into an old classic? A fancy AF bar and bistro with which we're completely and utterly obsessed, that's what. We're talking about the space previously held by The Dominion, which has recently received a luxurious facelift and a new name to boot—The Bridgman. Think interiors that are unapologetically extra, a bar pouring all sorts of delish tipples, and a menu focusing on classic pub grub, but not as you know it. Pre- or post-game drinking spot, lunch or dinner destination, or for a lucky few, your new local—this fresh take on an old fave is ticking all the right boxes. Scope out The Bridgman's full review including images and opening times.

Schapiro's Sports Bar, Eden Terrace

As far as sports bars go, Schapiro's is knocking it outta the park—and then some. It's the latest baby from Otis Schapiro, aka one-third of the trio behind hugely popular Grey Lynn osteria and wine bar, Lilian (and from whom Schapiro's takes its name). Schapiro's takes all the best bits about a sports bar and wraps them up in one exciting and extremely delicious new package, and we are OBSESSED. Whether you wanna head along and soak up a game (NBA and UFC are just some of what you can expect to see on the big screen), pop in for a smashie and a soda, or simply check out somewhere new, this one's an absolute winner. Scope out Schapiro's full review including images and opening times.

Good Dog Bad Dog, Onehunga

Good Dog Bad Dog's empire of deliciousness continues to expand, with the team opening yet another store (their fourth, joining those in Commercial Bay, Ormiston and Pt. Chevalier) in Onehunga. Get your hands on all of the GDBD goodness you know and love at 178-182 Onehunga Mall Road—our go-to is the fried chicken hoagie, followed by a round of deep-fried Oreos.

Burgernaut, Kingsland

Welcome to the home of the Vegan Classic Smash Burger, believed to be the only vegan smashie in Auckland, which is waiting for you right now at Burgernaut—the epic new burger kitchen operating out of Urbanaut Brewery in Kingsland. Choose from three game-changing mainstays (available vegan, vegetarian or with meat) or perhaps one of their insane specials, all made with housemade sauces and seasonings and in a genius yet totally sensical move, incorporating Urbanaut's beers wherever possible. Of course, the only respectable way to complete your meal here would be with a beer, served icy cold and straight from the tap for peak drinking pleasure. So bring your mates, bring your dog (that's right, good dogs are welcome) and definitely bring your appetite, because this tasty new offering is ready and just waiting to be smashed. Scope out Burgernaut's full review including images and opening times.

Grownup Donuts, Manurewa

South Auckland, you're in for a treat, because the geniuses at Grownup Donuts have just opened a brand-new store in Manurewa. This is the fourth location for the brand, which has garnered a huge following since its days trawling the city's markets. Find all of the sugary sweet Grownup goodness you know and love (including a selection of yummy vegan flavours), at 185 Great South Road.

Lucky 8, Ponsonby

A hot new speakeasy from the legends behind Mr Hao has just opened on Ponsonby Road and it has legit blown our minds. Come up the sleek black staircase framed by cute black cats and be ushered into Lucky 8—a seriously cool spot pairing exposed brick and funky neon signs (a Mr Hao signature) with deep-red leather seats, wooden tables and Asian touches reminiscent of a Shanghai Loft in the French concession. Chefs from around the world have helped create an exquisite Asian-inspired tapas menu where nothing is over $8 (and unbelievably, all the delicious cocktails will also only set you back $8). So what are you waiting for? Come check out this fun new spot, where eight is definitely a lucky number (certainly where your wallet's concerned, anyway!). Scope out Lucky 8's full review including images and opening times.

INCA, Ponsonby 

Hold onto your tastebuds, Auckland restaurateur chef Nic Watt's much-loved Peruvian-style restaurant INCA has opened a sister restaurant in Ponsonby Central’s new laneway development. The restaurant boasts an open-plan feel with plenty of pink marble and details inspired by Peru's famously colourful textiles, courtesy of CTRL Space. The menu is packed full of colourful cuisine which will transport you to Peru with just one bite. Designed for sharing, we suggest grabbing a few mates and a couple of plates and you’re good to go. If you’re after a smart yet casual dining experience where you can dig in deep and get your paws dirty, then INCA is sure to satisfy. So, without further ado, pack your bags and take a trip to Peru. Scope out INCA Ponsonby's full review including images and opening times.

Slowlane, Greenlane

There's nothing wrong with taking the slow lane sometimes, especially if it involves coffee and croffles are we right? Enter Slowlane, a new all-day eatery (and our fave new foodie haven!) from &Sushi founders Isaac Yu and Jeff Kim, located—rather ironically—on the famously busy Great South Road in Greenlane. This gorgeous space, which oozes relaxed vibes with its many toitoi-like plants, neutral colour palette and breezy indoor/outdoor flow, is a welcome addition to the area and is defo the spot to unwind and indulge your appetite. There's plenty to sink your teeth into here, from brunch-time classics like granola, avo on toast, and the aforementioned croffles through to tuna ceviche, fried chicken burgers, and prawn linguine, all prepared under the watchful eye of head chef Marvin Choi (ex Euro, Fabric). Scope out Slowlane's full review including images and opening times.

Mibo Bakery, Mt Eden

Looking for an excuse to load up on baked treats? Who are we kidding, of course you are. And a new bakery in Mt Eden from the owner of Benedict's that's slinging danishes, croissants and other delicious goodies is surely it. Mibo Bakery's the name, and you'll find it at G11/30 Enfield Street.

Nanny's Eatery, Kingsland

A hot new Jamaican eatery has come to town and it's here to set your tastebuds on FIRE. Nanny's Eatery is the name, and you'll find it along the main drag in Kingsland. Yup, if you like your food exotic and with a decent hit of heat, this could be your new fave spot, with authentic Jamaican and Mexican-infused fare the order of the day. Inspired by owner and head chef JP's own Jamaican upbringing (special shoutout to his GramMa, who taught him much of what he knows in the kitchen), you'll be hard-pressed to find anything here that's not bloody delicious. Scope out Nanny's Eatery's full review including images and opening times.

Jo Bro's Burgers, Point Chevalier

The boys at Jo Bro's Burgers have done it again, adding a second brick-and-mortar store to their belt and this time 'round it's Point Chevalier that's the lucky suburb. If you're yet to be acquainted with the Jo Bro's brand, here's what you need to know: it's run by two chefs, Brody and Josh, who between them have a wealth of industry experience (Brody worked at SkyCity for over a decade while Josh has also worked at SkyCity and in a number of Michelin-starred eateries overseas) and started the business as a food truck back in 2020 before going on to open their first store as part of Titirangi's legendary Street Feast food hall last year. The secret to their success? Deliciously simple burgers that don't mess with tradition—think juicy, sustainable beef patties, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, doused in their very own Jo Bro's Original burger sauce (which, btw, took five years to perfect) then slapped between two freshly-baked fluffy potato buns. Get your hands on these game-changing burgs at 35 Point Chevalier Road, in the spot previously occupied by Red Snapper.

Island Gelato Company, Ponsonby

Ponsonby has welcomed the arrival of Island Gelato Company, which ice cream fiends will know has multiple stores across Auckland including its flagship shop on Waiheke Island. Specialising in fresh, seasonal handmade gelato (and jaw-dropping gelato cakes!), this charming new spot is a great place to escape the summer heat while eating your body weight in ice-cold treats.

Carmel | Israeli Street Food, Eden Terrace

Street food royalty, Carmel | Israeli Street Food, have put down permanent roots in Eden Terrace. These guys have been a stalwart of the market scene for several years now thanks to their famously fluffy pitas (the falafel is particularly exceptional) and rugelach croissants, which you'll find at their brand new spot on France Street.

Mumbaiwala, Ponsonby

A stunning new Indian restaurant has arrived in Ponsonby and it's transporting us straight to the bustling streets of Mumbai. Named Mumbaiwala, this is the eatery's second branch (the flagship is in Christchurch alongside their sister eatery Permit Room) and it's alive with the sights, sounds, smells and of course, tastes, of India's largest city. The award for tastiest dish goes hands-down to the Dahi Puri, which takes mini puff pastry-like shells and stuffs them with a drool-worthy combo of mashed potatoes, chickpeas, and spicy yoghurt. Dessert should never be overlooked, and here comes in the form of Chocolate Naan (like a super-upgraded Nutella-on-bread situation), Cardamom & Coconut Kulfi (think Indian frozen yoghurt), or perhaps a cheeky cocktail (our vote goes to the Bombay Colada with coconut rum, chai, coriander, pineapple, and coconut). Scope out Mumbaiwala's full review including images and opening times.

Fat Puku's Smashed Burgers, Auckland CBD

We're always down for trying out a new burger joint, especially one that's named after a cat! Enter Fat Puku's Smashed Burgers, the funky new spot that's taken over the old Al's Deli space on Queen Street. Sick fit-out aside, these burgs take inspo from the 'smashed' style that's long been a mainstay of diners and roadside burger joints in the US, and is now gaining traction here in NZ. You'll of course be wanting a drink to wash down all of that burger-y goodness, so take your pick of classic milkshake flavours, sodas, and even a selection of beers, ciders, and RTDs. What started as a food truck has now put down permanent roots in the city. Praise be. In short, if it's burgers, fries, and fun vibes you're after, Fat Puku's is the place. Scope out Fat Puku's full review including images and opening times.

Tiger Burger, Mount Eden

Tiger Burger—home to some of the city's most mouthwatering burgs—has unleashed its deliciousness on the people of Mt. Eden. The eatery, known for its epic Korean-fusion creations (two of which, the Kimcheese and Gang Jeong, earned spots in the 2021 Iconic Auckland Eats) can be found at 590 Dominion Road (its flagship is in Grey Lynn). Don't be surprised if you see the Urban List team here, throwing back said burgs and for the very first time, Tiger Burger's very own brand of Korean fried chicken.

Atelier, Karangahape Road

If you're in the mood for beautiful French food, look no further than Atelier—a gorgeous new eatery that's set up shop in what was once the Karangahape Road post office. This amazing new venture, bought to us by Kelian Monteil, Alex Petit and Marwan d’Agostino, is certainly set to impress—from the elegant yet relaxed fit-out, through to the lush and impeccably prepared menu that marries French tapas with cocktails and a wine list longer than your arm. As the French would say, magnifique! Scope out Atelier's full review including images and opening times.

Taco Medic, Ponsonby

If you're in need of some good news this week, how about this—Queenstown's beloved taco joint, Taco Medic, has landed in Ponsonby. Described as the country's first craft taqueria and with two successful stores already under its belt, this tasty new venture comes to us courtesy of cousins Anthony Wilkins and Robbie McGillivray, who fell in love with Mexican cuisine while on a surfing holiday in Puerto Escondido. Found at 130 Ponsonby Road, these tacos are anything but average–handcrafted daily and filled with the freshest, healthiest, and most amazing flavour combos. And that's not all, they also have nachos and mouthwatering sides to go with, plus the promise of $5 Taco Tuesdays... oh, and let's not forget that everything on the menu is entirely GLUTEN-FREE. Scope out Taco Medic's full review including images and opening times.

Cheese on Toast, Birkenhead

Good news, those living north of the bridge no longer have to travel for their Cheese on Toast fix. The Three Kings fave—known for its epic toasties and other treats—has opened its first store on the North Shore at 96 Hinemoa Street in Birkenhead.

The Broken Lantern, Ponsonby

Well, ain't this just the end-of-year pick-me-up we needed! There's a new bar in town from the folks behind Viaduct fave, Parasol & Swing. Taking up residence on the spot that was formerly Little Easy, The Broken Lantern is slinging craft beers, organic and natural wines, insane cocktails and a next-level food menu (if you've dined at Parasol & Swing, you'll know just how incredible their grub is). The Art Department are responsible for the fit-out, which blends the building's 100-year heritage with Lower East Side vibes, including a mural that will change every six months to suit the season—wowza! Add to that a glorious sun-drenched garden out back, and we're already thinking it could be our new fave drinking spot. P.S. These guys are also set to open distinct new areas upstairs so watch this space for more details.

Krispy Kreme, New Lynn

How's this for tasty news... Krispy Kreme has opened a brand-new store in West Auckland. New Lynn is the lucky suburb, so head on over and grab yourself a melt-in-the-mouth Original Glazed Doughnut (amongst other offerings), straight off the line—this one's a Hot Light store, which means when the 'hot now' light is on, the OG doughies are cooking! Now if we could just get find a way to sneak a drink from that famous glazing waterfall they use...

Florets, Grey Lynn

Sourdough delivery service, Florets (formerly Kōpiko) has moved into a two-storey heritage building in Grey Lynn, where fans of the holistic bread brand, run by Maya Handley—which specialises in sustainably produced loaves made from wholegrain, organic and chemical-free flour—can dine in. Expect sammies and other dishes centred around their amazing rye, oat porridge, and whole-wheat sourdough bread, loaded with gorgeous deli goods from Pomona, and brews by Flight Coffee. You can even get a behind-the-scenes look at the bread-making action when you head upstairs, via the Florets kitchen.

Frat's Pizza, Mount Albert

Mamma mia, a brand new pizza joint—Frat's Pizza—has opened on New North Road, and we're all over it. Dishing up some super fancy renditions of the beloved pizza pie featuring locally sourced ingredients on a lush sourdough base, you'll be spoilt for choice with options like Broccoli and Smoked Pancetta, Kransky (yes, as in the sausage), and the incredible sounding Cacio e Pepe (mozzarella, whipped cheese, parmesan, black pepper and truffle oil).

The Fox, Auckland Viaduct

You don't have to be an ex-pat Brit or even to have visited England to appreciate the epicness that is The Fox, a brand new London-inspired pub nestled into the corner of the Auckland Viaduct. With an edgy fit-out featuring (fake) stuffed animals, bowler hat lights, and quirky artworks of notable Brits like Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill (complete with tattoos and Tommy gun, respectively). The drinks list is particularly fun, spearheaded by their 'Licence to Swill' cocktail menu. Expect plenty of classic British flavours, served up via cleverly named concoctions like the Jammie Dodger, Jaffa Martini and our personal fave, the Sherbet Honey Drop, laced with Frangelico and citrus gin. And let's not forget the hearty pub grub menu, filled with iconic British dishes like bangers and mash, pies, weekend roasts, and toad-in-the-hole. Yup, as far as London pubs go, this is possibly one of the best we've been to... and that's including its much-maligned, sticky-floored, stale beer scented counterparts in London. Scope out The Fox's full review including images and opening times.

Hawte, CBD

If you’re an ice cream lover like us, then have you heard the scoop? New Zealand’s first boozy ice cream parlour, otherwise known as a barlour, has landed in Chancery lane and we are totally here for it. Hawte is an inner-city gem that is pulling out all the stops and is scooping up a variety of naughty flavours to delight your taste buds—think mango and malibu, spiced rum Nutella, JD and dark chocolate and even a Mexican hot choc with a generous drop of tequila and chilli. The best part is it's all for the taste, so no hangovers. They’ll be swapping out their unique flavours every two weeks and if you’re not the boozy kind then no worries, there are alcohol-free options available too—we couldn't get enough of the Whittaker’s creamy milk. Originating from India, Hawte stands for ‘Have A Wonderful Time Every Time’ and let’s just say that’s exactly what you’ll have.

Wise Boys, Grey Lynn

Okay so technically this one isn't a new opening, more of a new look. Vegan burger bosses, Wise Boys have ditched their old fish-and-chip shop style fit-out in Grey Lynn and replaced it with a slick new storefront and enclosed dining space—the perfect excuse to swing by and try out their new summer menu, featuring the country's first-ever plant-based smash patty (helllll yes).

Bardello, CBD

From coconut crumpets and a charcuterie breakfast plate to Cloudy Bay clams and manchego croquettes, Bardello is dishing up flavour-packed Mediterranean fare, all day every day from its coveted position on the corner of lower Albert and Quay Streets. We're looking forward to pulling up a seat on the patio and enjoying one of their breakfast cocktails with our brunch (helloooo Bloody Mary!), then visiting later in the day for tapas and a cocktail proper.

The Muriwai Deli, Muriwai

West Auckland is serving up the goods in a big way this week, with the hotly-anticipated opening of The Muriwai Deli. A collab between legendary coffee and pudding truck, Double Shot (world famous in this particular neck of the woods for their insane doughnuts and other delights) and another dynamo of the food truck scene, Double Parked (winners of Auckland's Most Sustainable Food Truck in 2020 and purveyors of seriously ace burgers, salads, tacos and more), this one has us feeling PUMPED. You'll find this rad new spot located inside the 99-year-old Muriwai Lodge, serving up everything from coffee and sammies to toasties and sweet treats (including, yes, those famous doughnuts). Pro tip: walk off all those inevitable calories with a stroll along Muriwai Beach afterwards.

Green Door Pizza, Commercial Bay

We literally squealed with excitement when we saw an Instagram post announcing that new pizza joint Green Door Pizza was coming to town from the crew behind Good Dog Bad Dog (who, btw, are absolutely killing it at the hot dog game—just look at our other new openings). This drool-worthy venture has been popping up at Newmarket fave, The Candy Shop, throughout lockdown and is this week opening a store of its very own inside Commercial Bay. The cool fit-out, curated by Gerrick Numan and the team at Millé Interiors, channels classic pizza parlour vibes with neon lights and red and white checkered details. As for the food, these pizzas are about as far from chain-bought as you can get, coming in a short but sweet selection of delicious options including an insane mortadella number with guindilla chillies and stracciatella which you can buy whole or by the slice. Wash it all down with a glass of natural wine or beer, which they have on tap. 

No. 1 Pancake, Rosedale

If, like us, you wept for weeks when the hugely popular No. 1 Pancake shut its store in the CBD earlier this year, have we got news for you. The eatery—who have a cult-like following thanks to their cheap yet delicious Korean-style pancakes or 'hotteok', stuffed with everything from cinnamon-spiced brown sugar caramel with ground peanuts through to creamy mashed potatoes blended with sour cream and melted cheese—have re-opened on Airborne Road in Rosedale. See you in the queue!

Camper Coffee, Commercial Bay

Newmarket fave, Camper Coffee have set up shop in Commercial Bay. You'll find them on the ground floor, serving up some of the best coffee of your life between 8am-4pm daily from a cute hole-in-the-wall space designed once again by our friends at Millé Interiors.

Blend Cafe, Botany 

We’ve found the perfect brunch spot for you to sink your teeth into—say hello to Blend, a classy eatery in Botany that’s dishing out all the goods. The menu is a foodie haven and offers a twist on traditional cafe food. The impressive lineup consists of a Korean take on the cult fave spag bol, a finger-licking crispy fried chicken, Kimchi fried rice with scrambled eggs, a pecking braised lamb bowl—and that’s just to name a few. Don’t get us started on the epic cabinet selection, which is filled to the brim with homemade swiss roll cakes, snickers cakes and fruit loop cream croissants that’ll simply blow your mind. Alongside the food we totally dig the decor, designed by Millé—it’s simple yet inviting. So, if you’re looking for a hip new place to treat your taste buds then add Blend to the top of your list, we promise it won’t disappoint. 

Sumthin Dumplin, Botany

Now for those who know Sumthin Dumplin, then you know that their little juicy morsels are to die for. Owner Shane Liu first opened the much-loved eatery on O’Connell street and due to his homemade dumps being in hot demand, he opened a second spot on Wellesley Street. Well boy have we got news for you—a third Sumthin Dumplin spot is taking over Botany. With all our fave dumplings on the menu including the much-loved beef and cheese, we can’t contain our excitement. Decked out by the talented Millé, the new interior is dishing out serious 90’s hip-hop vibes and we can’t get enough. So, if you have a serious dumpling craving and a love for all things hip-hop, then head to Botany to check out Sumthin Dumplin’s latest venue and get your much-needed fix.

Mighty Hotdog, Royal Oak

Remember those insane hot dogs on a stick, deep-fried to perfection, rolled in sugar (yes, sugar) and covered in lashings of sauce? Well, now Mighty Hotdog (creators of said treats whose flagship is in Chancery Square) have now opened their second store in Royal Oak and we're beyond stoked. With 10 savoury concoctions on the menu (until you add the sugar of course) including our fave the cheese rocket, the nacho, and any sausage variation, you should definitely make sure to leave room for the almighty dessert dogs featuring none other than Moro and Snickers bars. Prepare for the ultimate sugar high. 

Miann, Ponsonby

Dessert experts, Miann have added to their existing stores in Morningside, Fort Street and Britomart with a brand-new branch in Ponsonby Central. This dedicated dessert bar is bringing a serious injection of sugar to Ponsonby, with a much-loved (and incredibly delicious!) selection of gelato, cakes, macarons, doughnuts, bean-to-bar chocolate and more, coveted by sweet tooths the city over. Look for the fun mural displayed across the front window, which you may recognise from their boxes of highly addictive hot choccy mix. 

Coming Soon

Waiheke Whisky, Waiheke

Waiheke Whisky is set to open a new multi-million dollar distillery and brewery this summer on Waiheke. The brand—which has won a slew of awards for its single malt product —will be doing this on the site it currently shares with Waiheke Brewing Co, with a tasting room and bar amongst the expected features.

Image credit: Eric Jang.

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