Everyone must have heard at least once in their life about fish and chips, huh? The classic portion of fish and chips is also a very common dish in New Zealand. However, the country, whose cuisine is well known for its classic seafood, goes far beyond this traditional combination.
Dishes with lamb or squid and oysters, for example, are almost always present in restaurants. During our tour of Auckland, we soon realized how amazing the local cuisine is and the difference in the taste and texture of seafood from the coast of the country. Curious about where to eat delicious dishes?
Soul Bair & bistro
SOUL is in a more commercial area of the city, so it is not a restaurant as well known by tourists. One of the main focuses of the place is always to serve fresh food, maintaining the best possible flavor of each ingredient.
I ordered a quinoa salad with avocado, peas, broccoli and everything is very tasty and very well seasoned. Paulo, on the other hand, opted first for a tuna carpaccio and then for the squid accompanied by almond sauce. He liked them both, especially the squid, which didn’t have a strange texture and melted in the mouth!
I told you about our experience in the Gypse Caravan in Ponsonby’s post, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce the nomination. In addition to having a super cool and different atmosphere, the food at this restaurant is wonderful.
Their cuisine is very inventive and with recipes that we don’t usually see everywhere. For meat eaters, I recommend New Zealand oysters and chicken with zucchini and miso. If you are a vegetarian like me, or even vegan, ask for the golden beet with black rice and comté cheese.
For a more sophisticated lunch or dinner, you can go without fear to Cassia. The place has been considered many times as one of the best restaurants in the city, so they are always improving the menu and maintaining a high standard of quality in service and food.
The restaurant specializes in Indian food, but everything there receives a touch of modernity that transforms the dish. With the exception of spices imported from India, all ingredients are local. One of the most requested options on the menu is caramelized duck meat and served with chettinad and onion sauce.
To taste good Thai dishes, don’t think twice before going to Saan. The decor of the room is simple and super cozy, perfectly matching the warm taste of the food.
The recipes are all super homemade, since they came from the gastronomy book of the family of the owners of the place. The portions are usually small, so be prepared to order more than one dish, like chicken noodles and then a papaya salad!
Kitchen for orphans
Another restaurant that always appears on the lists of best places to eat in Auckland is Orphan’s Kitchen. Some say that the place is overrated, while others leave the place praising everything they have tasted. That is, be sure to go to him to decide which side you are on.
They always give priority to local ingredients, but menu options are a little scarce. Poached eggs with anchovies are a great alternative for those who want to have a different breakfast 😉
Another restaurant dedicated to Indian cuisine on the list! Like Cassia, all 1947 Eatery dishes have a more contemporary feel. With the purpose of reinventing typical Indian cuisine, the three friends who own the restaurant take a risk without fear when creating new recipes from classic dishes.
One of the most well-known dishes of the place is tandoori chicken, marinated in yogurt, accompanied by cashew paste, cream cheese and black salt and butter cream sauce. Another option is the lamb shank cooked for more than 6 hours and served with a typical type of pasta called khameeri naan.
Do you know that kind of food that leaves you with a warm heart? Depot promises that you feel that way! Serving affective food for tourists and locals, the restaurant has won a good clientele. The house’s recommendation is not to leave without tasting the oysters paired with a wine of your choice. In this case, those who do not eat meat end up with few options: /
Located right in the city center, Odette’s is recommended for any meal of the day, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. The local menu is seasonal, focused on food from local production. One of the differentials of their dishes is the touch of African and Arab spices.
For larger meals, you can choose a dish to share with someone or those in smaller portions. There are options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. If you want to take a look at the menu, just click here.
You know that I love restaurants with a modern and relaxed atmosphere, and Culprit is exactly like that. With exposed bricks and decoration based on wood and black, the place is perfect for those who value not only food but also the space where it will be tasted.
Many people say that they serve one of Auckland’s best duck meats. So, if you like this type of dish, it’s worth a try. The lunch and dinner menus are different, so you can have different experiences depending on the time of day.
Last but not least, Chuffed. It is a mix of coffee and restaurant, so you will find lighter dishes among more complete ones. Sandwiches are great for those looking for something quick to eat or even to take away.
If you don’t eat meat and haven’t found a restaurant with vegetarian food in the region, it’s also worth a stop in the cafe. One of the dishes on the menu at lunchtime is a salad with different vegetables, avocado, tomatoes and a special sauce to enhance the flavor.
To see how the experience of our first day in Auckland was, just watch the vlog that is already available there on our channel! Oh, and if I left any amazing restaurant off the list, comment here 😉