Restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Tantalus Estate

Up a winding driveway framed by grapevines, Waiheke's newest vineyard restaurant and tasting room channels an Iberian ambience, but the savvy and diverse menu effortlessly covers the globe. Secure a spot under rusti…
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 Thai in Auckland

Saan

Hot in both senses of the word, this super-fashionable restaurant focuses 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 Ice Cream in Auckland

Giapo

That there are queues outside this boutique ice-cream shop even in the middle of winter says a lot about the magical confections that it conjures up. Expect elaborate constructions of ice-cream art topped with all m…
Top Choice Lebanese in Auckland

Gemmayze St

Located amid the restored heritage architecture of St Kevins Arcade, Gemmayze St presents a modern and stylish update on traditional Lebanese cuisine. Delicate mint, orange blossom and rosewater cocktails are prepar…
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 Indian in Auckland

Cassia

Occupying a moodily lit basement, Cassia serves modern Indian food with punch and panache. Start with a pani puri, a bite-sized crispy shell bursting with flavour, before devouring a decadently rich curry. The Delhi…
Top Choice French in Auckland

French Cafe

The legendary French Cafe has been rated as one of Auckland’s top restaurants for more than 20 years and it still continues to excel. The cuisine is nominally French-influenced, but chef Simon Wright sneaks in lots …
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…
Greek in Auckland

Lokanta

Featuring the cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean, unpretentious Lokanta is a laid-back alternative to the more trendy eateries along nearby Ponsonby Rd. Greek and Turkish flavours happily co-exist, and robust Gree…