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Posted by Website Admin on September 19, 2022

It's official: Best Auckland Restaurants 2022

Who do Aucklanders turn to for dining inspiration? The annual Metro restaurant guide of course. From newcomers to trusty favourites, the ten Metro judges - made up of food writers, critics and hospitality experts - chomp their way through Auckland's best restaurants to determine which contenders cut the mustard for the crown of 'best restaurants Auckland 2022'. Congratulations to Alma which took top honors this year for their Spanish-inspired flavours, flair and hospitality.

Over the last twenty years, New Zealand chefs have developed a style of cooking often described as Pacific Rim. This combines the best New Zealand ingredients - our juicy lamb, beef, seafood and wild game with pan-Asian and European-influenced flavours. This, combined with an emerging farm (or fish) to the fork ethos, creates a fascinating lineage for contemporary New Zealand food. All with a dollop of supporting local growers, farmers and fishmongers.

So is there such a thing as a truly ‘New Zealandesque’ restaurant in Metro's top 50 this year?  We’re pleased to shout “yes!” 

We've rounded up 14 centrally located Auckland restaurants which make the cut in this year's 'top 50 best restaurants Auckland'.  Reservations are essential especially on a Friday or Saturday night. Bon appeitit!

Flavours of Aotearoa NZ 

  • Ahi - Commercial Bay
  • Culprit - Wyndham  St 
  • Mr Morris - Galway St, Britomart
  • Hugo's Shortland St

French - European/Fine Dining

  • The Grove - Saint Patrick's Square, Wyndham St
  • Sid at the French Cafe, Symonds St
  • SidArt - Ponsonby Rd

Pan Asian Fusion

  • Hello Beasty - Viaduct Habour
  • Cafe Hanoi - Galway St, Britomart - Vietnamese
  • Kazuya -  Symonds Street, Eden Terrace - European with Japanese Influence.
  • Gochu - Commerical Bay

Italian/Spanish - Mediterranean

  • Alma - Tyler St, Britomart  (Crowned Best Auckland Restaurant 2022)
  • Amano - Tyler St, Britomart
  • Apero - Karangahape Rd

The range of cuisines featured in Metro's top 50 list 2022 mirrors Auckland' s make up,  as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Around 200 different nationalities call this cosmopolitan hot spot home. 

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