Restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland

Sidart

No one in Auckland produces creative degustations quite like Sid Sahrawat. It's food as art, food as science but, more importantly, food to fire up your taste buds, delight the brain, satisfy the stomach and put a s…
Top Choice Japanese in Auckland

Azabu

Nikkei cuisine, an exciting blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences, is the focus at Azabu. Amid a dramatic interior enlivened by striking images of Tokyo, standout dishes include the tuna sashimi tostada, Japanes…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland

Sugar Club

It pays not to expect too much from restaurants stuck up towers, but when the executive chef is NZ's most famous culinary son, Peter Gordon, heralded in the UK as the 'godfather of fusion cuisine', you can comfortab…
Top Choice Italian in Auckland

Ortolana

Mediterranean and regional Italian flavours are showcased at this stylish restaurant. Dishes are as artfully arranged as they are delicious, and much of the produce comes from the owners' small farm in rural west Au…
Top Choice Bakery in Auckland

Best Ugly Bagels

Hand rolled, boiled and wood-fired, Best Ugly's bagels are a thing of beauty. Call into its super-hip bakery in a converted heavy vehicle workshop and order one stuffed with pastrami, bacon, smoked salmon or a varie…
Top Choice Thai in Auckland

Saan

Hot in both senses of the word, this super-fashionable restaurant focusses on the fiery cuisine of the Isaan and Lanna regions of northern Thailand. The menu is conveniently sorted from least to most spicy and split…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland

Depot

TV chef Al Brown's popular eatery offers first-rate comfort food in informal surrounds (communal tables, butcher tiles and a constant buzz). Dishes are designed to be shared, and a pair of clever shuckers serve up t…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland

Clooney

Like the Hollywood actor of the same name, Clooney is suave, stylish and extremely sophisticated, suited up in basic black. While the taste combinations are complex, the results are faultless – which, coupled with i…
Top Choice Lebanese in Auckland

Beirut

Sacking curtains and industrial decor don't necessarily scream out Lebanese, but the sophisticated, punchy flavours bursting from the plates at this wonderful new restaurant certainly do. The cocktails are nearly as…
Italian in Auckland

Amano

Rustic Italian influences underpin this bistro/bakery in a repurposed warehouse in Auckland's Britomart Precinct, but there's real culinary savvy evident in the open kitchen. Many dishes harness seasonal produce and…