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 Seafood in Moeraki

Fleur’s Place

There's a rumble-tumble look about it, but this much graffitied timber hut houses one of the South Island's best seafood restaurants. Head for the upstairs deck and tuck into fresh shellfish, tender muttonbird and o…
Top Choice Tapas in Hamilton

Gothenburg

Relocated to a scenic river-side spot with high ceilings and a summer-friendly deck, Gothenburg has morphed from a bar into our favourite Hamilton restaurant. The menu of shared plates effortlessly spans the globe –…
Top Choice Cafe in Kuaotunu & Around

Luke’s Kitchen & Cafe

In Kuaotunu village, Luke’s Kitchen has a rustic surf shack ambience, cold brews (including craft bars from around NZ) and excellent wood-fired pizza. Occasional live music, local seafood and creamy fruit smoothies …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Mt Maunganui

Post Bank

Bookcases crammed with an eclectic range of tomes give Post Bank the ambience of a gentlemen's club, but there's nothing stuffy about the food on offer. Asian and Mediterranean influences combine in a menu playfully…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Kaikoura

Green Dolphin

Kaikoura's consistent top-ender dishes up high-quality local produce including seafood, beef, lamb and venison, as well as seasonal flavours such as fresh tomato soup. There are lovely homemade pasta dishes, too. Th…
Top Choice Cafe in Alexandra

Courthouse Cafe & Larder

Floral wallpaper and bright vinyl tablecloths help to dispel any lingering austerity from this stone courthouse building, dating from 1878 and surrounded by lawns. The counter groans under the weight of an extraordi…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Clyde

Oliver's

Housed in a gold-rush-era general store, this wonderful complex incorporates a craft brewery (the Victoria Store Brewery), bar and deli-cafe within its venerable stone walls. The restaurant shifts gears from on-tren…
Top Choice Cafe in Invercargill

Batch

Large, shared tables, a relaxed beachy ambience, and top-notch coffee and smoothies add up to this cafe being widely regarded as Southland's best. Delicious counter food includes bagels, sumptuously filled rolls, ba…
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…