Guide to Britomart Restaurants and Cafes

Guide to Britomart Restaurants and Cafes

Award-winning restaurants serve up fresh, innovative local food and the best of many international culinary traditions. And in a city that takes its coffee extremely seriously, Britomart’s cafes serve some of the finest roasts in town. Just a short walk from Vector Arena, Britomart bars and restaurants are perfectly located for a pre- or post-concert drink or meal, with many offering quick-dining menus on show nights.



Cafe Hanoi
Cafe Hanoi is one of the city’s most elegant dining spaces, with its high ceilings, soft lighting and understated celebration of the building’s heritage fabric. The floor-to-ceiling glazing of the north wall overlooks Britomart’s bustling Takutai Square, giving the restaurant an atmosphere that is both intimate and fully engaged with the buzz of the precinct beyond.



District Dining
The sister to the acclaimed Sydney restaurant of the same name arrives in Auckland. The room is lovely, high-ceilinged, antique wooden-floored, the monochrome decor softened with a subtle mix of textures. Art from the owners’ private collection graces the walls, along with a stunning white-on-white Scrap Wall mural.

The menu wears its international influences on its sleeve, with flavours from Japanese to Spanish to Middle Eastern all cheerfully incorporated. The flavours are big and exciting, the combinations adventurous but beautifully balanced. The varied and interesting wine list offers a good range available by the glass, at – like the entire menu – wholly sympathetic prices.



Ebisu
Ebisu takes the traditional values of Japanese cuisine – freshness, simplicity, painstaking attention to the quality of ingredients – and fuses them with the buzz and excitement of contemporary dining. In Japanese mythology, Ebisu is the god of daily food, good luck and plenty. He is also the guardian of fishermen and merchants, making the restaurant’s location a fitting one.



Espresso Workshop Britomart
It’s fair to say the guys at Espresso Workshop are fanatical about coffee, and what they don’t know about sourcing, roasting and serving fine coffee probably isn’t worth knowing. They’re passionate about quality single-origin coffee, offering regularly changing specialty coffees whose provenance they’re only too happy to reveal. Ever willing to share the secrets of their latest feature coffee, they’ll prepare it for you as espresso or by pour-over filter – a fantastic, smooth way to experience the subtleties of specialty coffee.



L'Assiette
Like any French cafe worth its salt, at L’Assiette food is definitely the hero. Its small but inventive menu celebrates the simplicity and quality of the best French food, from classic croque monsieur and salade Niçoise to delicate sweet crêpes. Owners Romain and Natalie met in a small pizza shop in Chamonix, France. After cooking their way around France, they returned to New Zealand, where Frenchman Romain fell in love with the Kiwi way of life.



Mexico
Moodily lit with dripping candles, whimsically decorated with offbeat Mexicana, Mexico instantly transports you to another, cooler place. You can drink in the eclectic front bar or settle into the cosy dining area to explore the short but compelling menu. Mexico celebrates the vibrant, fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine.



Precinct Cafe
From this small, spare space tucked away down Tyler Street emerges a steady supply of wonderful things to eat, plying the workers of Britomart. Inspired by the simple, excellent street food offerings of the great culinary capitals of the world, Precinct contains barely a dozen tables: it’s all about great food to go. The menu is small but speaks of lovingly sourced and selected ingredients, the simplest combinations elevated by freshness and quality.



Quay Street Cafe
Quay Street Cafe is a modern, bustling establishment catering to a diverse downtown clientele of commuters, CBD-dwellers, corporate types and city visitors. The beautiful long, light room runs the depth of the immaculately restored 1940s Maritime Building, with big windows on three sides opening out onto Quay, Gore and Tyler Streets.



Sarge's Pies
Sarge’s Pies is all about reclaiming the classic New Zealand pie – rehabilitating essential staples like classic steak and cheese and bacon and egg, as well as offering a funky modern reinvention. That means updated fillings like gourmet butter chicken and creamy vege – but it’s also about the delivery.



Shaky Isles Coffee Co.
Drop into Shaky Isles any time of the day and you’ll find them open, amped and ready to serve up some seriously good hospitality. This second outlet of the much-loved cafe has plenty in common with its Kingsland cousin: signature cartoon graphics, offbeat interior design details and large-scale text reminders of why coffee is good for your personality.

Click here to see our complete guide to the Britomart Precinct.



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