While social distancing is the need of the hour, one thing we all miss is going to a nice restaurant with chic ambience and have delicious food. If you are a food fanatic, you are probably already making a list of the restaurants you want to dine in once this is all over. You only have to worry about eating, and minibus hire in Auckland will take care of your transfer. So here is a list of top 10 restaurants of Auckland that should be on your list.
The Grove specialises in degustation dining offering New Zealand cuisine at its finest. The menu at the Grove changes very often depending on the season. It is a kind of restaurant where you will get to try new dishes every time you visit.
The Grove mainly serves 4, 5 and 7-course menus. A la carte menu, completely vegetarian and vegan options are only available upon request. On top of that, they have an excellent wine pairing options. You can choose from a carefully curated list of local and international wines. Saint Patricks Square in the heart of Auckland city houses this iconic restaurant.
1947 Eatery serves the most contemporary yet authentic Indian cuisine in Auckland city. The sophisticated yet casual environment is perfect for any occasion. The food menu is a fabulous mix of classic Indian street dishes and tandoori dishes. It is ideal for sharing.
Curry based dishes are full of fragrance and flavours and undoubtedly steal the show here. Be it a classic Butter Chicken, or Loaded Curry Chips, it will leave you wanting for more. The drinks menu includes bespoke cocktails, white and red wines, beer and non-alcoholic drinks. It is truly a hidden gem of the Federal Street.
The Sugar Club
The Sugar Club is a master creation of local chef Peter Gordon offering every aspect of an extraordinary dining experience. You can expect delicious food, creative cocktails, elegant wine list, relaxed and chic ambience, and breathtaking view. The chef uses New Zealand’s finest seasonal ingredients to create Asian and Europian fusion dishes.
The restaurant is open for Lunch and Dinner, offering a la carte and tasting menu. Cocktails on the list are not only creative but have a native story behind their creation. 53rd floor of Sky Tower houses The Sugar Club, overlooking the gorgeous skyline and seaside view of the city of Auckland.
Amano is a rustic Italian restaurant located in an old warehouse on Tyler Street. It is a leading restaurant of Britomart. Amano is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can see their passion for delivering the best Italian fare in all the dishes. The pasta is hand made fresh every day.
There is an outstanding mix of seasonal meat and seafood specialities on the menu including bluff oysters, scallops, tuna, succulent steaks and many more. Vegetarian-friendly Italian dishes and platters are equally impressive. Amano Bakery deserves a special mention here. Stop by anytime for best sourdough, pastry or a hot pizza slice.
Sid at The French Cafe
Sid at The French Cafe, formerly known as The French Cafe is now under the wings of restaurateurs Sid and Chand Sahrawat. It is one of the most award-winning restaurants in Auckland offering sophisticated fine dining. Their a la carte and tasting menu is carefully curated with a perfect mix of local ingredients and international flavours. The highlight of the menu includes cured kingfish, roasted quail, and veal tartare.
Vegetarians are also well catered for with an exceptional vegetarian menu. There is an impressive wine list featuring handpicked wine from all around the world. If you want something exclusive, book Gaggenau Testing Kitchen and be the first to taste two innovative dishes from each of his restaurants. It takes place on the first Tuesday of every month.
Masu is a world-class Japanese robata restaurant. World-renowned chef Nik watt follows a simple philosophy of taking a local ingredient and making it delicious with its natural flavour. The menu divides into three parts depending on in which kitchen the dishes are prepared. Sushi Bar, Kitchen and Robata Grill. If you love Japanese cuisine and don’t mind the contemporary twist on it, this is a perfect place for you.
Cafe Hanoi is a modern Vietnamese restaurant housed in an old warehouse in Britomart. As the name suggests, Cafe Hanoi serves authentic Hanoian street food along with other contemporary Vietnamese dishes. The lunch menu features a range of rice paper rolls and bowl, whereas the Dinner menu is a Signature Set Menu for a minimum of 4 people. Also, check out Cafe Hanoi’s sister eateries Saan and Xuxu Dumpling Bar.
Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar
Depot is a creation of one of New Zealand’s best chef Al Brown. The eatery is open all day and requires no reservation in advance, but the tables fill up quickly. The Depot is famous for its oyster bar. It is open all day, all week so drop-in anytime for a seasonal, fresh and fast meal. All the food at the Depot is cooked over charcoal or hardwood fires. Slurp back salty Mollusks or binge into a plate of ‘Skirt steak’ in a homey setting.
Sidart is a progressive Indian degustation restaurant. This award-winning restaurant serves food that is too pretty to eat dishes. Chef uses fresh local produce with sensational Indian flavour. The tasting menu features hand-picked recipes by chef Sid Sahrawat that offers a little bit of everything and comprehensive a la carte menu. Sidart is open for lunch every Friday. Sit at the Chef’s Table for a memorable experience.
Gusto at the Grand
Gusto at the Grand is a rustic Italian restaurant. It is all about simple food, fresh ingredients and classic flavour. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can choose either a Europian buffet or a la carte. The comprehensive wine list that pairs perfectly with authentic Italian food. They offer ideal for sharing plates, and kids eat free from 12 pm to 2.15 pm. The relaxed and cosy atmosphere is perfect for a fun dinner party with family and friends.