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Posted by Website Admin on January 09, 2020

Top Auckland Restaurants 2019

A trawl through Trip Advisor reveals the top ten Auckland restaurants according to both visitors and a fair number of locals. They range from Indian-inspired to Japanese-influenced menus so it begs the question. Is there such a thing as a truly ‘New Zealandesque’ restaurant in the top ten on Trip Advisor? Outside of Al Brown or Gourmet Hangi food trucks, are there restaurants serving up genuine Kiwi-style fare ?

We’re pleased to shout “yes!”

Over the last twenty years, New Zealand based chefs have developed a style of cooking often described as Pacific Rim. This combines the best New Zealand ingredients, its lamb, seafood and game with the flavours of Asia and European influenced cooking techniques.

The advent of TV shows like My Kitchen Rules and Master Chef have created ‘personality chefs” and lifted the bar on dining expectations. Menus have become more sophisticated which is certainly the case with the top ten on Trip Advisor for 2019.  Here’s how these Auckland restaurants rank based on diner reviews (* an asterix denotes a central city or city fringe location) :

1. Le Bistro Des Gourmets* Parnell Road - French, European

2. Gorkha Eastern Beach, Eastern Beach Road, Bucklands Beach - Indian, Asian

3. The Grove*  Saint Patrick's Square, Wyndham St for French - European

4. Paris Butter* Jervois Road - French, European, New Zealand

5. Hello Beasty* Customs Street - Asian Fusion

6. One Tree Grill, Pah Road, Epsom - Steak and New Zealand-inspired

7. Culprit* Wyndham Hotel - New Zealand Contemporary

8. Sails Restaurant* Westhaven Drive - Seafood and New Zealand-inspired 

9. Sid Art* Ponsonby Road  - International 

10. Kazuya* Symonds Street, Eden Terrace - European with Japanese Influence.

We often get asked by visitors to Auckland, ‘where can we try New Zealand food?”

On trawling through the menus of the top ten, One Tree Grill, Culprit and Sails Restaurant promote their New Zealand identity with the latter including local market fish, Hawkes Bay Lamb and New Zealand Cray Fish. 

Culprit’s menu carries South Island market fish and oysters with suggested New Zealand wine pairings.  

One Tree Grill’s menu includes whitebait sandwiches or Hawkes Bay lamb belly and the bistro takes a full circle approach by recycling composted food waste in their kitchen gardens. It’s also one of the two suburban restaurants to feature in the top ten so that’s pretty impressive too as it’s out of the way for visitors.

It’s great to see a range of cuisines however feature in the top ten on Trip Advisor, especially as Auckland is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The most recent census recorded over 200 different nationalities residing in Auckland.

We actively promote great restaurants as we walk on our Hello Auckland walking tour.  You can also include lunch at a popular city bistro at tours end or indulge in New Zealand seafood on our Taste Auckland walking tour. We even book you in!