Restaurants in Auckland
Like its cosmopolitan gathering of citizens, Auckland has a diverse and full flavoured variety of eating establishments. From Indian to Japanese, and Turkish to French, there is a veritable rainbow of cuisine available from which visitors can choose. Fuelled by entrepreneurial immigrants and New Zealand's strong focus on artisanal food, wine and beer, the bustling local markets of the country's biggest city are excellent shortcuts to understanding Auckland's cultural mosaic. With well-established farmers' markets complemented by newer specialist markets, Auckland emerges as New Zealand's only truly international city and it is certainly reflected in the variety of its restaurants.
And although Auckland's food scene is a melting pot of national cuisines, locals still love their traditional New Zealand cuisine. Staples, such as roast lamb are a favourite, along with all kinds of fresh seafood, including of course, the famous New Zealand mussel. Auckland has no shortage of brilliant restaurants serving this type of local cuisine, with establishments such as One Tree Grill creating inspired Pacific Rim style dishes for patrons to enjoy, which can be deliciously paired with a wide selection of New Zealand's world famous wines. There are many areas in Auckland to enjoy a bite to eat, but if one wants an authentic seafood experience why not cruise around the Viaducts and Waterfront where one can find a variety of fresh seafood treats to chose from. Other popular clusters of eateries can be found in High Street, Queen Street, the Wynyard Quarter and the Arts Precinct, each with own unique atmosphere and speciality restaurants.
Bodrum Restaurant and Bar
Bodrum is arguably one of the best Turkish restaurants in Auckland. With an open plan kitchen diners can watch the chef as he prepares each scrumptious dish in front of you. On Fridays and Saturdays diners can enjoy entertaining belly dancing performances. Bodum has an extensive wine list as well as raki and aromatic Turkish coffee. Try the Sarai Patlican which is a tender lamb stew with jalapenos and other vegetables. The kebabs are grilled and marinated to perfection and the Eggplant Ashor, marinated ground beef with pan-friend eggplant, will have you coming back for more. Bookings recommended.
Address: 2 Osborne Street, Newmarket
Telephone: +64 (0)9 529 1931
Punjab Palace is one of Auckland's many Indian restaurants. What sets Punjab Palace apart is their extensive menu and the pride and personal involvement that the owners take in the day to day running of this great restaurant. With piping hot curries, perfectly cooked naan and meat dishes done to perfection, Punjab Palace serves food fit for royalty. Try the Mango Chicken for something different, or the Lamb Rogen Josh for some of India's finest spices and New Zealand's best lamb. Bring along a bottle of wine and enjoy a great Indian feast. Bookings essential.
Address: 164 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby and 71-D Great South Road, Papakura.
Telephone: +64 (0)9 360 9911(Ponsonby) and +64 (0)9 296 7188 (Papakura)
For French cuisine at its best visit Saison. This French restaurant serves up an exciting array of stylish meat and seafood dishes. Using seasonal vegetables and only the best meat available Saison will tantalise your taste buds in all the right ways. Saison has a great wine selection including local and international wines. The roasted John Dory with pumpkin gnocchi comes highly recommended as does the roast duck with bitter chocolate jus. Be sure to save space for one of their desserts. Reservations essential.
Address: 417 Manukau Road, Epsom
Telephone: +64 (0)9 631 5650
Auckland has a large selection of Japanese restaurants and sushi bars, but Industry Zen is a cut above the rest. With authentic Japanese decor and traditional Japanese meals this restaurant will transport you to Japan for the evening. Industry Zen is definitely one of the best sushi restaurants in Auckland and is often fully booked. Their sushi is made to perfection and the sushi wraps are a hit. Industry Zen also serves a decadent selection of Japanese tapas including crumbed rock oysters, fried squid legs and traditional Japanese Gyoza. The green tea ice-cream is the perfect way to end your meal. Bookings essential.
Address: 104D Customs Street
Telephone: +64 (0)9 307 0936
One Tree Grill
One Tree Grill Restaurant is an upmarket dining experience which serves up traditional Pacific Rim cuisine and boasts a very impressive array of wines from the region and abroad. The restaurant prides itself in it professional service and quality food, making every dining experience a unique and special evening out for its customers. The food is beautifully presented and tastes equally as delicious. The venison and chocolate dish is definitely a must-try. Although rather a bit more expensive than other options in the area, the quality certainly lives up to the price point. Bookings are essential.
Address: 9-11 Pah Road, Epsom
Telephone: +26 (0)9 909 7215
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