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New Zealand Restaurants: Spotlight on Auckland

Pace your palette, ladies and gentlemen, Auckland is more than the City of Sails; although you won’t find a better gateway to the North Island, this cosmopolitan capital is fast becoming just a little bit famous for its gastronomy. The Auckland food scene is more than a city pit-stop on your way to coastal haunts and wine-tasting adventures, it’s somewhere to be, to be seen and to enjoy. Food seamlessly intersects with experience, culture and whimsy, from island-hopping off the coast to the salt water flavours of the Viaduct, everything meal promises anticipation and pleasure.

Hungry? Let’s take a word-tour of some of our favourite Auckland restaurants.

Soul Bar and Bistro

Grilled Snapper & Citris Salad cred: Soul Bar
  • Length: Pricing: $28 to $57 for a main
  • Classification: Casual dining
  • Food Geography: New Zealand and Europe
  • Atmosphere: Relaxed and unpretentious. An amazing meal without the dress-code.
  • Menu Picks: We challenge you to pass up the Crayfish Toast ($16 for 2pcs) – a delectable starter designed to please even the fussiest diner.

One Tree Grill

  • Length: Pricing: $36 to $59 for a main (add $10 per side)
  • Classification: Fine dining
  • Food Geography: New Zealand and Europe
  • Atmosphere: Professional and attentive service, quite busy, potential privacy with booth seating and technological touches courtesy of iPad menus.
  • Menu Picks: You must try the 6-Course Deluxe Degustation Menu ($110 pp) – it will not disappoint. Why not spoil yourself a little more and opt-in for the per course wine pairing ($59 pp)?

Azabu

Azabu Ponsonby, cred: facebook
  • Length: Pricing: $9 to $56 for a main
  • Classification: Relaxed dining
  • Food Geography: Peru and Japan
  • Atmosphere: Relaxed but a little loud at times, wait-staff move between the tables with ease – you won’t be starved for great service here.
  • Menu Picks: Say yes to the Crispy Pork Belly with a spicy miso glaze, salsa and a celeriac puree – you’ll be back for more. Dessert won’t hurt? The Tempura Custard is just what you need, paired with ginger jam and mouth-watering matcha.

Hey there, sweet-tooth, we haven’t forgotten you. Dinner isn’t the only meal of the day, there’s dessert too!

Milse

  • Length: Pricing: $10 to $65 for a main
  • Classification: Relaxed dining
  • Food Geography: Europe
  • Atmosphere: Decadent, devilish and so very addictive, you’ll be treated to dessert experiences you’ve never imagined in an understated venue, complete minimalist décor. The food speaks for itself.
  • Menu Picks: Give into delight with a Goat Cheese Dessert, completed by honey, white chocolate and white wine accents ($19), or settle for a Milk Chocolate, Roasted Hazelnut & Praline Gateaux ($9).

Joy Ice-Cream

Joy Ice-Cream, cred: facebook
  • Length: Pricing: $6 to $10 for a main
  • Classification: Casual dining
  • Food Geography: New Zealand
  • Atmosphere: People of all ages sit down outside, laughing, chatting and enjoying the sunshine.
  • Menu Picks: Apple Crumble, English Mint and OMG Super Chocolate… but don’t take our word for it. Sample all you can and find your own favourite.

 

Salivating for a new food experience? Breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, our experienced Kirra Tours travel specialists will cook up a food tour for you in a matter of minutes. Reach out today and get started – your stomach will thank you.