Known to locals as the ‘City of Sails,’ Auckland is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the world for standard of living. The city has a diverse, multi-cultural feel, most spectacularly showcased by the city’s vibrant restaurant scene. These are just some of our favourites.
Nestled on Auckland’s waterfront, in the redeveloped Wynyard Quarter, Baduzzi is the brainchild of owner Michael Dearth and is an upmarket Italian-American restaurant that does New York style meatballs and (oh) so much more. Head chef Ben Bayly’s signature meatballs include local crayfish and sit alongside other elegant dishes such as fish stew with saffron, veal Bolognese and wood fired steaks. Baduzzi boasts an impeccable wine list with good value options from around $40 a bottle. 10-26 Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Fine dining restaurant Clooney has a chic and intimate feel with rich leather booths, trendy industrial pillars and mid-century lights. As would be expected, the food is equally ambitious! Chef Des Harris has put together one of the finest degustation menus in the city. Such is Clooney’s success that the owners have taken the formula overseas, opening up shop in San Francisco, but for now, all of what is good remains in this Auckland original. 33 Sale St, Auckland, 1010
Ponsonby is one of the more upmarket suburbs of Auckland and home to some of the City’s best restaurants and bars. The Blue Breeze Inn could possibly be the coolest of them all with its Hawaiian tiki bar fit-out and colourful cocktails. The waiters at Blue Breeze all wear Hawaiian shirts and serve up a tantalising array of pan-Chinese goodies such as pork belly dumplings, steamed buns and spicy beef hotpot. 146 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Contemporary Japanese restaurant Masu was Metro magazine’s pick for best restaurant in Auckland and with head chef Nic Watt at the helm, it’s not hard to see why. Masu offers diners a bit of everything from freshly cut sashimi to air-light tempura and smoky yakitori. The informal and fun atmosphere only adds to the experience, and the Japanese robata grill smells as good as it tastes 90 Federal Street, Auckland
The mastermind behind SIDART is Sid Sahrawat, one of New Zealand’s most revered chefs and a food art genius. He is recognized for his beautiful and innovative dishes he puts together with such perfection, taking creativity to another level. At SIDART, you’re in for a memorable formal dining experience.
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