Restaurants in Auckland
There are a decent amount of restaurants in Auckland to choose from and here are the ones I visited!
Our best meal by far was at Soul Bar and Bistro situated right by Viaduct Harbour. The restaurant offers beautiful surroundings with a large terrace area overlooking the Harbour, a modern but cozy restaurant area inside and a lounge for drinks and light bites.
We sat perched on the terrace with the sun beaming down on us which was absolute heaven. What made it even better were the cocktails we ordered! The Royal Garden with rosemary infused vodka, strawberry puree, lemon, vanilla, deutz rose was incredible and had the perfect amount of fruitiness and sweetness. The Dear Olivia with pink grapefruit vodka, lemon, mint, orange marmalade and ginger beer was so refreshing and a great aperitif.
The Food Menu!
Wow, there were just so many dishes I wanted. There are a large number of starters / sharers from sections including ‘toasts & breads’, ‘raw bar & oysters’, ‘salads’ and ‘starters’ and ‘soul classics’. We were recommended the Burrata, peas, mint, wild wheat sourdough ($26) and could not resist the Salt & pepper squid, lemon, almond skordalia, chilli oil ($20). What can I say apart from how amazing both starters were. Seriously, up there in the top burrata’s and squid’s I have had!
For main dishes we chose the Ricotta cavatelli, house made pork sausage, truffle ($32) which was a huge portion with large amounts of pork sausage. The truffle wasn’t overpowering, and the dish worked really well. We also tried the Savannah beef fillet, gnocco fritto, black peppered sauce ($40) which was very tender. The more unique accompaniment of gnocco fritto made the dish even more exciting!
We were full by this point but could not rest the EPIC looking desserts on the menu. Choices included pear and ginger pudding, butterscotch, yoghurt ice cream, gold leaf snickers bar parfait and vanilla bean crème brulee with apple crumble, rhubarb ice cream. How can you resist?! We were drawn to the Clevedon Strawberry pavlova, elderflower crème anglaise, yoghurt sable and we certainly not disappointed!
I could certainly see why Soul Bar and Bistro has been around for over 20 years! It offers the perfect venue for date night, dinner / drinks with friends or a more formal business lunch with amazing food, cocktails and services.
La Zeppa is a tapas restaurant in Auckland situated in Victoria Park Market area. We booked through First Table who sell the first table of the night at participating restaurants for $10 and you get 50% off the food bill! A pretty good deal if you are happy to eat early, as most of the tables are a 5.30—6pm booking. First Table informs you that you have a 15-minute window for arrival or the restaurant can refuse the offer (which is reasonable!). We managed to get lost and were 10 minutes late but La Zeppa were completely fine with it!
The restaurant has a warehouse feel to it with high ceilings and dark colourings. As it was warm, we headed out to the large terrace which has several benches and cushions to chill out. You can even see the Sky Tower from outside!
The menu is split into tapas, large plates, platters and sides. We were all about the tapas and ordered the following (prices below are full price, we got 50% off!):
- House made flatbread, pumpkin hummus zaatar ($8)
- Pork Cheek croquette, Apple, radis ($11)
- Garlic prawn, chorizo, basil bruschetta ($10)
- Grilled halloumi, grape and green bean salad ($9)
- Sesame crusted beef kofta, tzatziki ($11)
- Grilled chorizo, pickled red onion, peppers ($10)
- Patatas bravas, spiced garlic aioli ($8)
We were so impressed with the dishes at La Zeppa! The pumpkin hummus was moreish, the pork cheek was bursting with filling, halloumi was thick and satisfying and the beef kofta dish was to tasty with sesame crusted coating. Throw in a HUGE PORTION of chorizo and some spicy patatas bravas, we were very happy customers. We paired this lovely meal with a Soho White label Rose (Marlborough) ($11 / glass).
La Zeppa is a great option for tapas in Auckland with very friendly service and we would have been happy to pay full price.
Prego is an Italian restaurant in the heart of Ponsonby which has been established since 1986. It has a lovely courtyard for the warmer days where we obviously sat for lunch! Inside also has plenty of space for diners on their bistro style tables.
We shared the following dishes:
- Rucola: rocket, pear, grana padana, white balsamic, olive oil ($12)
- Orechiette: heirloom tomato, red capsicum, summer greens, ($19 small portion)
- Salami Pizza: Italian salami, white mozzarella, parsley ($24)
This was the perfect amount of lunch and everything tasted freshly made. Service was good and the courtyard was fantastic for al fresco dining!
Frida is a laid back Mexican restaurant on Viaduct Harbour. We only visited for snacks so did not have the full experience. We loved the murals of Frido Kahlo (one of the most famous and loved artists in Mexico) on the walls.
The menu included your staple dishes as well as a few of their own creations. We were craving tortilla chips and guacamole which were served in a mortar bowl and tasted freshly made ($13). The Cochinita Taco ($9) with pulled pork, grilled cheese, charred pineapple, salsa verde and coriander was excellent.
We were also recommended Little Penang, Depot and Williams Eatery restaurants in Auckland.
Bar / club wise, we spent New Year in Britomart and visited Saturdays and AV Club which were good fun but obviously that was not a usual night! We also liked Rudi’s, Saint Alice and Parasol Swing which are all situated by the harbour.
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