Restaurants

Where To Eat In Auckland On A Monday Night

By Alice Rich
9th Apr 2021

Someone digs in to some delicious oysters at Gochu.

Monday, a.k.a. the most hated day of the week. Statistically speaking, more people are in a crap mood on a Monday than on any other day (OK, that’s made up, but probably accurate). Fatigue, bad moods, headaches…they're all signs of ‘Monday-itis’, the symptoms of which can be cured by two things: a good meal and a strong beverage. However, just when you think it’s time to lift your spirits with a dinner out, you get slapped with the fact that most decent eateries are closed on this hell of a day because, like you, they clearly hate Mondays too.

Suffer no more, we think you deserve better so we’ve put in the hard yards to make Monday dining a breeze. And we’re pleased to report we’ve found 40 eateries in and around Auckland that fit the bill and so in no particular order, let the feasting begin!

Gochu, CBD | A celebration of ‘new Korean food’, we can't wait to try their black pudding corndog. 

Bar Magda, K' Road | This speakeasy-style bar and bistro offers world-class Filipino-fusion flavours served up in an effortlessly cool space.

The Grove, CBD | Offering degustation-style dining, the cuisine is modern New Zealand with a French twist. 

Belly Worship, Balmoral | For Chinese burritos, bao, lychee pork, homemade dumplings, and more vegan options that you can shake your fork at. 

Baduzzi, CBD | For Italian cuisine in all its ancient glory (think hearty meatballs and the best pasta). 

Leigh Sawmill, Leigh | Part restaurant, part gig space, this is a rustic, exciting and homely chill space in a decommissioned Kauri mill. 

iTi, Titirangi | A drinks and bites bar with healing vibes and native bush boasting a $20 Steak Night special on Mondays. 

Amano, CBD | Serving up rustic Italian-inspired cuisine, this eatery is big on environmentalism opting for ethically farmed, sustainably caught and no waste. 

Masu, CBD | Japanese heaven specialising in the centuries-old ‘robata’ or fireside cooking method developed by northern Japanese fishermen. 

The Blue Breeze Inn, Ponsonby | Cool and quirky modern Chinese food with a delightful ‘Pacific Paradise’ look and feel. 

Café Hanoi, CBD | Loved for its shabby chic decor as much as it’s stunning flavour blend of traditional Hanoian street food with North Vietnamese and New Zealand cuisines. 

A table loaded with Baogers from Happy Boy.

Happy Boy, Royal Oak | Serving major neon realness, along with a superb range of baogers and waffles, this eatery is guaranteed to brighten up your Monday. 

Saan, Ponsonby | This menu inspired by the Northern Thai regions of Lanna and Isaan delivers that balance of sweet + sour + salty + hot flavours unique to Thai cuisine. 

1947 Eatery, CBD | Transporting you to a faraway land as soon as you step through the door, don’t leave without trying their Butter Pop Pop cocktail - it’s literally the stuff of dreams. 

Everybody Eats at Gemmayze St, CBD / ONE Cafe, Onehunga | Venture down St Kevin’s Arcade for a three-course, pay-as-you-feel, community dining experience. 

Saint Alice, CBD | For when you want to feel luxe. Order up a round of oysters with a side of parmesan truffle fries and all your worries will melt away. 

Soul Bar & Bistro, CBD | A favourite for years now, go for the absolutely glorious salt and pepper squid. 

The Fed, CBD | Rest easy knowing there is never a day where you can’t get your mitts on the curd-gravy-fry trifecta of the gods that is poutine.

Mexico, CBD / Ponsonby / Ellerslie / Sylvia Park / Takapuna | Bite into seasonal specials, do a tequila tasting and revel in the rich culture this menu pays homage to. 

Cotto, CBD | A dreamy haunt on K Road. We love indulging in their sensational spinach, goats cheese and sage dumplings while sipping on a full-bodied red. 

Corelli’s Café, Devonport | The friendly, creative vibe of this gem gets us every time with its eclectic (and extensive) menu and treasure trove of cabinet food. 

Nicolino, Devonport | Greek, Italian and Mediterranean vibes like the crispy spanakopita that’ll be everything you want it to be. 

Hoppers Garden Bar, Ponsonby | A garden wonderland with craft beer and a fine array of biodynamic and natural wines, and botanical gins. 

A lucky man tucks into some delicious dumplings from Sumthin' Dumplin'

Sumthin’ Dumplin’, CBD | Uncomplicated authentic dumplings in pork, beef, prawn, chicken and tofu varieties, all with funky names. 

Circus Circus, Mt Eden | Zany and playful, this place serves the typical fare you’d find in a circus - pizzas, burgers and hot dogs - except way, way better. 

The Rusty Pelican, Matakana | Take advantage of Big Burger Night with a monster of a burger (vege and gluten-free options available) served with a load of fries and tomato sauce. 

Ramen Takara, Browns Bay | Serving 43 years of history in a bowl with 13 ramen varieties to choose from (including several gluten-free ones!). 

Indian Lounge, Mt Eden | This neighbourhood restaurant occupying a prime corner spot on Mt Eden road offers mouthwatering dishes from regions across India, with a modern twist. The Pani Puri are even rolled out on their own cart.

Mezze Bar, CBD |  The perfect place for spending a lazy evening sharing Mediterranean tapas, mezze and a cheeky slice of cake. 

Ghost Donkey, CBD | Decked out with a starry red ceiling, serving tacos and ‘not tacos’ this place is proving itself a major contender in Auckland’s Mexican food scene. 

Satya Restaurant, Ponsonby, Mt Eden | For a menu brimming with South Indian delicacies, accept no other. 

Chai Lounge, CBD, Sandringham | Delve into Southern Indian street food in this edgy, hessian-rich setting from the creators of Satya.

Yummy food at Inca

INCA Ceviche & Woodfired Grill, Newmarket | Taste ‘Nikkei’ cuisine - the cultural fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. Our pick? The cured fresh fish ceviche featuring bougie pairings like tiger milk and sweet potato crisp. 

Monsoon Poon, CBD | With a joyful use of colour, a bronze bathroom door handle in the shape of an actual hand and fantastic paintings, like the one with the baby and the giant watermelon, this is a full fusion experience, like no other. 

White + Wong’s CBD & Newmarket | East meets West with a delicious array of street food dishes from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. 

7Siri, Sandringham | Whether you’re in the mood to try ALL the curries, or you’re down for some dainty cup-shaped rice flour appa this Sri Lankan eatery is always a good time. 

Bird On A Wire, Ponsonby / Takapuna / Newmarket / CBD | Be as healthy or as decadent as you like at this vibrant spot with its varied offerings from brown rice and quinoa bowls to hot wings. 

Fatima, Ponsonby / Takapuna / CBD | Their tagline is ‘delicious & addictive, you may not want to share’ and they’re absolutely right. Have your pita, your mezze and your Turkish delight and eat it too. 

Wise Boys, CBD | Indulgent plant-based burger goodness is the game here, complete with shakes, fries three ways, onion rings and soft serve sundaes. 

Uncle Man’s, CBD / Mission Bay / Manukau | Stop by for authentic Malaysian street food that doesn’t cost the earth. 

Coops Corner Pub, CBD | This Viaduct gem has what you need whether you’re feeling a lighter meal or a full feed with ‘lil’ morsels’ like crispy onion rings from $5 through to ‘big-ish’ dishes like the Coops waffle burger or vegan pizza ranging from $20-25. 

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Image credit: Gochu, Happy Boy, Sumthin Dumplin, INCA by Wono Kim.

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