New Zealand surprised me with its food and drink. It was really quite memorable.
We enjoyed eating out especially in Auckland. There is a wide variety of restaurants to experience in different areas of the city.
Britomart is a vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct in the heart of downtown Auckland.
Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, it’s a neighbourhood of buzzing restaurants and cool bars, designer boutiques and quirky art spaces that has recently gone a whole revamp to make it an exciting part of Auckland.
We found it funky and fresh.
Free Wi- Fi in Australia or New Zealand is very rare. Shaky isles has it, but that is not the only reason you should come stampeding in the doors of this cafe with attitude and friendly service.
Housed in a spacious historic building, it has plenty to look at with signature cartoon graphics on the walls, offbeat interior design details and large-scale text reminders of why coffee is good for you, especially their coffee.
I seriously have not stopped thinking about this mocha since we had one for breakfast here back in October. I wake up many mornings with the taste still lingering in my mouth. It was simply divine- and that chocolate stick melting as I drank it made it to die for.
Apart from the mocha, their breakfast is worth the visit with burger and salad options for lunch. There are plenty of healthy options to choose from, especialy for us difficult vegetarians.
Here’s what we ate:
Eggs, shaky slow cooked beans, avocado haloumi, spinach, mushrooms, potato & kumura hashbrown, toasted turkish bread $19.95
Blueberry pikelets with lemon curd and mascarpone $12
Shaky Hash- kumara and potato hash brown topped w spinach poached eggs, tomato relish and hollandaise $14.5
Viaduct Harbour is an entertainment, residential and commercial district. Bars, cafes and restaurants wrap around the harbour that houses many superyachts and pleasure crafts.
It’s a great place to eat and people watch.
We were stoked that we arrived to Degree for dinner on a Monday. It was Mussel Madness night. A whole kilo of mussels marinated in a Spiced Coconut & lemongrass broth for $13.
They were simply delicious. New Zealand is known for their mussels and these did not disappoint.
For starters try some roasted cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds garlic bread $6.50
and salt and pepper squid lime and coriander aioli 15.90
This vibrant and popular restaurant sits right on the harbour giving you nice views to experience with a few jugs of the flavourful Monetieth Golden .
Degree also had the funkiest ladies bathroom I’ve ever seen and has live music and entertainment options throughout the week.
Wynard Quarter North Wharf
Wynard Quarter has recently been revitalized creating a public sapce that caters to public art, gardens and pubs and restaurants. There is even a piano on the wharf that you can jump on and play if you feel the urge.
Redevelopment is still occurring to create a desirable harbour side community. The North Wharf is where the exciting eateries are.
There is a cool beer garden at the back of Jack Tar and during happy hour you can enjoy a couple of watery Steinlagers for five bucks. Hey as long as it is cold and gold right?
Jack Tar is a new gastropub- that is a pub serving high quality food- inside an updated post-war good shed. They serve a selection of food from gourmet pizzas to steaks and seafood.
Kalyra enjoyed a jug of Jack’s fries with aioli (well Mummy enjoyed sneaking the fries with aioli) in between dancing breaks as she entertained the crowds.
It is a great place on a warm evening and you can move inside for dinner once the chill hits.
We both enjoyed a declious Squid salad, kumara crisps and ginger, chilli, lime and garlic dressing.
Kalyra was impressed with her bowl of ice cream, And we bloody well hoped so as it was the most expensive bowl of ice cream we’ve ever had- at $10 we thought this was an unusually priced dish as the rest of the meals were pretty decently priced.
And for other areas Check out
it is meant to be full of eclectic restaurants and an alternative vibe. We ended up on the wrong end of the street at a very posh cafe that had weird and limited food choices, so cannot recommend any place in particular.
Hallertau Brewery is about a 30 minute drive outside the city. We enjoyed a delicious lunch here and some brew tasting.
What are some of your recommendations for places to eat in Auckland?