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Christmas Day Restaurants

Posted by Website Admin on December 09, 2018

Auckland Christmas Day Restaurants

If you’re visiting Auckland over the Christmas break, here’s a selection of top restaurants serving up festive fare on 25th December. Visitors (and smart locals) can relax and celebrate Christmas Day in style at any of these five top Auckland restaurants. Bookings essential. 

Hotel Grand Windsor - Queen St, City

This luxury hotel on Queen Street serves up an exclusive Christmas menu in the Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar, with the options of a Christmas Day High Tea, a Champagne Christmas Breakfast or a traditional Christmas Day Lunch.  Lunch features a five-course menu filled with traditional festive food like turkey and gingerbread ice cream with wine pairings.

Eight Restaurant - Cordis Hotel, Symonds St, City 
On Christmas Day, you don’t just eat, you feast at  Eight Restaurant located at Cordis Hotel. Eight’s year-round buffet will be spruced up for Christmas Day to feature leg of ham and all the Christmas classics New Zealanders love to eat. 

The Sugar Club - Sky Tower, City

Enjoy Christmas Day in style at Sky Tower’s The Sugar Club .
Head chef Josh Barlow is showcasing an innovative four-course set menu for the day featuring New Zealand’s freshest and finest produce.  Includes both lunch and dinner sittings with an incredible views of course!

DeBrett's Kitchen - High Street, City

Book into DeBrett's Kitchen for a delicious four-course meal and a Christmas-themed cocktail. The menu features insalata caprese, cranberry glazed roast turkey and traditional Christmas steamed pudding with brandy butter.  What better way to celebrate the day than to indulge in the classy ambience of this boutique hotel.

Grand Mercure Auckland - Customs Street, City

The Grand Mercure Christmas menu  is designed by Chef Daniel Na and showcases the traditional Christmas eats but with a modern twist. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, cured salmon, fresh sushi followed by roast turkey stuffed with sweet Medjool dates and honey glazed ham.  

No matter where you dine, have a wonderful Christmas and book a small-group walking tour to enjoy the festive lights and city highlights. 

Reproduced in part from Urban List

Auckland's best beef and lamb

Posted by Website Admin on December 05, 2018

Auckland’s best beef and lamb

New Zealand is renowned for its world-class meat and a question we often get asked is ‘which Auckland restaurants serve up the best beef and lamb?’ The New Zealand Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards have just been announced for 2018. The Gold Plate award recognises the city chefs transforming tender meat cuts into lip-smacking fine cuisine.

As a taster, imagine waterfront bistro Giraffe’s eye-fillet steak served with beetroot, shiitake mushrooms, hollandaise and duck fat chips.  Or their rack of lamb accompanied by kumara toast, lamb croquette, mint sauce, and mountain yoghurt.

If you’re a meat lover, look for the restaurants displaying the Beef and Lamb Excellence Award gold plate on their wall.  It’s here you can expect tasty, skillfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes.

Auckland Beef and Lamb Excellence Winners for 2018

Cibo Parnell - Parnell

Knights on Albert, Stamford Plaza Hotel  - Central Auckland

MASU - Central Auckland

Giraffe - Central Auckland

The Square, Novotel Auckland - Airport Auckland

Mr Toms - Ponsonby

Queen's Head Bar & Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton - Central Auckland

Oyster and Chop - Central Auckland

Jervois Steakhouse - Herne Bay

Pilkingtons - Central Auckland

Ampersand Eatery - Central Auckland

Our Taste Auckland walking tour includes recommendations on the top spots to eat, shop and go. So bon appetit and put your best foot forward as our small-group or private walking tours are the best place to start.

Source: Restaurant Hub Dec'18