Recommended Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2011

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Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2011

Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2011 - As part of their annual awards, Metro magazine have released their Top 50 Auckland restaurants. Below are the full results of the Metro Audi Restaurant of the Year Awards 2011 Top 50 Auckland Restaurants.
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Sugar Club, The
Level 53, Sky Tower, Federal Street
  • Peter Gordon’s fusion cuisine
  • Stunning views from Sky Tower
  • Express lunch menu
  • Brunch sat and sun
  • Private dining room
Antoine's Restaurant is situated in the turn of the century villa in historic Parnell, Auckland. Silver service, large New Zealand wine list plus extensive imported wines.

Celebrities and royalty dine here. Tony and Beth Astle opened and still run Antoine's Restaurant, it opened in 1973.
333 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
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Basque Kitchen & Bar is an award-winning Spanish wine & tapas bar in Newmarket opened by owner and chef James King, native Aucklander who had spent time in the kitchens of Melbourne and London. With the Metro Magazine dubbing it one of the best newcomers to the Auckland dining scene, Basque Kitchen & Bar is a worthy contender in the Auckland dining scene.

It is the perfect place to congregate, discuss business & socialize in stylish surroundings whilst enjoying fabulous wines & tasty food!
61 Davis Crescent,
Auckland,
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Bellota in Auckland, is a modernised rendition of the authentic Spanish Tapas bar, Bellota will feature a comprehensive range of premium Spanish and European wines by the glass (in 90ml or 180ml tasting options) to complement the variety of traditional flavours on the menu.
SKYCITY Auckland,
91 Federal Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Cable Bay vineyards in Oneroa, Waiheke Island offers a unique fusion of art, fine food and fine wine in a stunning vineyard setting with spectacular harbour views. Cable Bay, Auckland’s latest meeting venue is just 35 minutes by ferry, or 7 minutes by helicopter from downtown Auckland. Cable Bay offers private meeting/dining rooms developed specifically for business.
12 Nick Johnstone Drive,
Oneroa,
Auckland,
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Serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine within a modern space, the restaurant promises to be at the forefront of the Auckland Asian food scene. On arrival enjoy excellent service from some of New Zealand's most respected front of house staff.
Corner Commerce and Galway Streets,
Britomart,
Auckland,
1010
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Most guests say this is the best Spanish Tapas restaurant they have been to and some who say this have travelled extensively in Spain. The venue is al fresco with stunning views over the vineyard and the sea.

Casita Miro, Waiheke, also has a play area for children amongst the olive groves.
3 Brown Road,
Onetangi,
Auckland,
1081
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Cibo in Parnell, Auckland, is nestled away in an old chocolate factory is one of Auckland's best keep secrets.

Open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday, is an establishment that has consistently proven itself to be one of Auckland's top restaurants.
91 St Georges Bay Road,
Auckland,
1010
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*****
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Clooney


Clooney, Freeman's Bay, Auckland embraces the European tradition of constantly changing menus, which reflect the use of seasonal produce, both familiar and rare.
33 Sale Street,
Auckland,
1010
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*****
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Cocoro Restaurant is a new style Japanese restaurant brought to Auckland diners by the team behind Auckland's most celebrated Japanese restaurant, Soto.

Located in Brown Street, Ponsonby, the modern cuisine, interior and great service all make Coroco a restaurant worth visiting.
56A Brown Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Coco's Cantina is a mix of tapas bar, wine bar, delicatessen, 1970s American diner and chic cocktail lounge.
376 Karangahape Rd,
Auckland,
1010
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Delicious Restaurant in Grey Lynn, Auckland, is an Italian restaurant specialising in pasta which is homemade on the premises. Cakes and desserts are also made on the premises - takeaways available.
472 Richmond Road,
Auckland,
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Ebisu offers something new, a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal drinking and dining. Ebisu delivers authentic eastern flavours while remaining true to the traditions of the past.
Union Fish Building,
116 - 118 Quay Street,
Britomart,
Auckland,
1010
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Eight Point Two Restaurant in Birkenhead, Auckland has modern New Zealand cuisine.

Eight Point Two is in a beautiful rebuilt villa, with a private outdoor court yard and a completely refurbished modern interior.
82 Hinemoa Street,
Birkenhead Point,
Auckland,
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The Engine Room, on Auckland's Northcote Point, is a stunning Modern European restaurant set in a classic art deco building.
115 Queen Street,
Auckland,
0620
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*****
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The Euro Restaurant and Bar on Princes Wharf, Downtown Auckland, is located on the water's edge. Offering fantastic food by Simon Gault matched with superb service from knowledgeable staff.
Shed 22,
147 Quay Street,
Princes Wharf,
Auckland,
1010
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With exceptional service and high culinary standards, Faro Korean Restaurant is now firmly established as one of the Auckland's foremost restaurants for Korean cuisine. Serving a wide range of traditional korean dishes, the Faro chefs believe in the importance of the finest ingredients and attention to detail when preparing our meals.
5 Lorne Street,
Auckland Central,
Auckland,
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*****
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Still considered to be one of Auckland’s top restaurants, The French Café, in Grafton, Auckland, offers award-winning French cuisine in a sophisticated setting.
210 Symonds Street,
Auckland,
1010
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*****
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*****
(16)
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Grand Harbour was established in 2000 and we strive to serve the most authentic Hong Kong-style dishes in Auckland, a city with no shortage of Asian dining experiences.

With an extensive beverage selection, comfortable surroundings and friendly staff, dining at Grand Harbour is always an unforgettable experience.
Viaduct Harbour,
Cnr Pakenham and Custom Street West,
Auckland,
1010
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The Grove on Wyndham Street in Central Auckland is an upmarket restaurant and wine bar. Stylish, yet comfortable, our food is focused on fresh, local and seasonal produce. We have a extensive global wine list.
St Patricks Square, Wyndham Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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The freshest New Zealand seafood, breathtaking seaviews. The Harbourside Seafood Bar & Grill Restaurant is Auckland's premier destination providing seaside sophistication, succulent seafood and stunning views. Comprehensive wine list with the finest selection of NZ wines. The view from the extensive deck is sensational.
1st Floor, Ferry Building,
99 Quay Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Serving up Jewish & Muslim food of the Mediterranean, Ima Cuisine (previously known as Ima and Ibn), so loyal customers can expect all their favourites!
57 Fort Street,
Auckland,
1010
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With its exposed brick wall, Kura Japanese Sake Bar has a sophisticated atmosphere to match their modern Japanese cusine. There is an open fire in winter and tables suited for intimate dining and for large groups.

Kura Japanese Sake Bar is the only restaurant where you can sample Okinawan style food with traditional dishes such as Rafiti (slow cooked pork belly) and Champon (Okinawan stir fry with bitter cucumber).

With over 25 different sakes to chose from and a small well matched wine list to chose from, Kura’s relaxed ambiance adds to a wonderful dining experience.
315B Queen Street,
Auckland,
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Michael Meredith, alumni of The French Cafe graduated from the iconic Auckland institution, blessing Auckland locals with yet another adventurous fine dining option in the form of Merediths Restaurant nestled in Mt Eden Valley, Auckland.

Merediths offers a 5 course tasting menu for $90, with an optional wine match for $60 from Tuesday to Thursday evenings. The 7 course tasting menu is available for $120, with an optional wine match for $80.

A nine course degustation menu is the only menu available on Friday and Saturday evenings at a cost of $130, with an optional wine match to go with for $90.

Dietary restrictions can be catered for, and there are vegetarian options for all menus.
365 Dominion Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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Mexican Specialities Ltd in Ellerslie, Auckland, is a truly special place. Initiated by Jose Carlos de la Macorra and Maria Batiz, both Mexico City natives, Mexican Specialities started out peddling their mouth-watering food at markets, but with food this good, it was only a matter of time before Jose and Maria established a place to call their own that offered the Mexican food they make so well.

Before long, Mexican Specialties started selling authentic Mexican ingredients, pinatas, art and religious artefacts as well, contributing to the homely and positively quirky atmosphere at the site. Mexican Specialties' artsy slant isn't too much of a surprise, though, considering Maria's background in painting restoration.
5/92 Marua Road,
Auckland,
1051
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*****
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*****
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Molten Restaurant in Mt Eden, Auckland, is a small and intimate restaurant owned by the ever amiable and incredibly talented chef Michael van de Elzen.

Molten Restaurant has become a hit with its ever changing contemporary European menu, unique array of boutique listed wines and fabulous cocktails.
422 Mt Eden Road,
Auckland,
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Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets and food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow - a new Mark Wallbank venture - is a boost to the senses with its element of fun, surprise and deliciousness. Food that's a vibrant party-in-your-mouth, cocktails of fresh fruits and smashed herbs to tantalise and refresh, and icy cold pitchers of beer.
23 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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French Japanese Restaurant Morita offers a fusion on French and Japanese cuisine and is ideally located in central Auckland. You'll find Morita behind the Stamford Plaza, on the corner of Swanson Street and Mills Lane.
LG1,
12 Swanson Street,
Auckland,
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Non Solo Pizza is a cosmopolitan brasserie based in the heart of Parnell, just outside of the Auckland CBD. The NSP restaurant had been operating for over 12 years and specialises in Italian cuisine, with a comprehensive multi-course menu done up the Italian way.

Serving divine pizzas and truly authentic Italian specialities is the mission that the NSP team strives towards. Non Solo Pizza is one of our go-to pizzerias here in Auckland.

259 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
1052
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At Number 5 Restaurant in Central Auckland you will enjoy New Zealand specialities and the best range of New Zealand wine from our very own wine cellar. The warm interior and the open fireplace create a sophisticated and unforgettable atmosphere.

We will open for lunch for groups of twelve or more.
5 City Road,
Auckland,
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Located on the corner of Shortland & O'Connell Streets in Auckland Central, the O'Connell Street Bistro is a small intimate multi-award winning dining room of twelve tables, created in the theme of a modern European back street bistro, with a cosy and well stocked bar.

The O'Connell Street Bistro proprietor, Chris Upton, trained in the UK, and also spent four years on board QE2. His Head Chef, Stephen Ward is NZ trained, and has previously returned from London where he worked at Terence Conran's Bluebird restaurant. Stephen has been with the Bistro since November 2000.
3 O'Connell Street,
Auckland,
1010`
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Our rating
*****
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Situated alongside it’s famous “One Tree Hill” namesake, One Tree Grill offers a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of inner city dining. Since 1996, One Tree Grill has been a staple part of the Auckland restaurant scene, having evolved from our small 40 seat suburban beginnings to the modern, up market restaurant we are today.

With extensive upgrades to our dining facilities, we now have a range of dining options for individuals and functions of up to 102 people.

Outstanding cellared wines, innovative cuisine, thoroughly professional service – One Tree Grill offers a complete dining experience.
9 - 11 Pah Road,
Greenwoods Corner,
Auckland,
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Located in Awaawaroa Bay, Waiheke, Poderi Crisci lies in an amphitheatre valley surrounded by Italian olive trees. Producing Italian inspired wines, featuring Merlot and Viburno, the cellar room at Poderi Crisci is a Waiheke Island destination. The restaurant and surrounds offer a stunning venue for weddings and celebrations.
205 Awaawaroa Road,
Awaawaroa Bay,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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*****
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Ponsonby Road Bistro in Ponsonby, Auckland, serves simple, strong, honest food. But above that, the Ponsonby Road Bistro also keeps Auckland locals coming back for more because it exudes a charisma and charm that no other restaurant is able to stake claim to. This popular eatery is the epitome of bistro perfection; sleekness without the attitude and character without the excessive extravagance.
165 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1011
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Prego Restaurant is an Italian restaurant that has been in business for over 20 years. Located in Ponsonby, Auckland, no bookings needed - all are welcome to enjoy our slick service and celebrated menu.

Italian al fresco dining in the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire. Banquet table suitable for large groups. Bistro-style dining inside with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Prego Restaurant is well versed in meeting the needs of any type of dining occasion.
226 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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A popular neighbourhood place - it'll definitely pay for you to book first, considering its popularity. Run by Hiroshi Miyata who is owner and chef in charge, as well as the positively perosnable maitre d' Gen Ogata, a night out at Sake Bar 601 is sure to be a memorably wonderful one. Check out this Auckland based Japanese wonder at 601 New North Road, Morningside.
601 New North Road,
Auckland,
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Satya South Indian Café on K'Road, Central Auckland, serves home style South Indian food - healthy, fat-free, vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes. Our extensive menu caters to all needs.
271 Karangahape Road,
Auckland,
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Fine dining modern European from the award winning chef Sid Sahrawat.
Level 1, Three Lamps Plaza,
283 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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Soto Japanese Garden Restaurants Executive chef, Makoto Tokuyama produces a 'new style' Japanese cuisine for Ponsonby restaurants.

Having finished his training at the world renowned 'Ubon by Nobu' in London, Makoto is in his element here working with the plentiful, high quality ingredients available locally.
13 St Marys Road,
Ponsonby,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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The Soul Bar & Bistro is in the heart of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Its elegant all-weather terrace faces west to catch the spectacular sunsets. It has been - and continues to be - enjoyed by Aucklanders and tourists alike.

Soul Bar & Bistro prides itself on it's use of the finest and freshest local ingredients - rather appropriate, considering its prime Auckland Viaduct Harbour location by the water.

Viaduct Basin,
Viaduct Harbour Avenue,
Auckland,
1143
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*****
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SPQR, the famous Roman emblem, stands for "Senatus Populusque Romanus" - the Senate and People of Rome. Established in 1992 SPQR, a former mechanics garage, was one of the first "new age" establishments to open up in Ponsonby, the once red light district of Auckland. One of a kind, SPQR is cherished by its regular Ponsonby local clientèle and renowned for its exceptional food, service, and ambience.
150 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby,
Auckland,
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Sunday Painters is a dream realised by Isobel Thom and James Kirkwood, responsible for the kitchen and wine respectively, about opening a restaurant of their own after having communal dinners at their Sunday painting group meet-ups.

This Ponsonby restaurant had only opened in August 2010 but had garnered such immense popularity within months, thanks to their gloriously rustic food and beautifully paired wines - not forgetting also their friendly service.
Braemar Building,
185 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Voted as "one of the world's finest winery restaurants" by Wine International Magazine, London, Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant on Waiheke Island, has the most spectacular sea views, top-quality cuisine and NZs largest fine wine list.

Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant is must-go for food and wine lovers.
218 Te Whau Drive,
Auckland,
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Thymes Tables Restaurant is a plat du jour restaurant, the menu changes daily. Offering just one entree, one main & one dessert each day with top quality seasonal ingredients.
The first Wednesday of each month Thymes Tables Restaurant offers cooking demonstration nights, where you join the chefs in the kitchen as they prepare each course. Beginning at 6.30pm, you will sit down to enjoy each course matched with wines.
8 Miami Avenue,
Surfdale,
Auckland,
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User rating
*****
(4)
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Toto Restaurant, located on Nelson Street in central Auckland, is long considered NZ's premier Italian dining experience.

With a rustic yet timeless elegance, Toto's candlelit rooms capture the essence of relaxed style with the finest Italian foods and an extensive wine list.
53 Nelson Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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Two Fifteen Bistro & Wine Bar, a 62 seat bistro & wine bar in addition to a private dining room that seats up to 28 people offers New Zealand and imported wines to go with their great food prepared by chef Jeremy Schmid.

Two Fifteen Bistro & Wine Bar offers a casual dining experience for all occasions.
215 Dominion Road,
Auckland,
1024
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*****
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“Vinnies, located in Auckland's Herne Bay, is a restaurant with history and a reputation for fine dining in relaxed and welcoming surrounds. It is renowned for consistent outstanding food, an award winning wine selection, superb professional service and Auckland's smallest art gallery.”
166 Jervois Road,
Auckland,
1011
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Winehot in Kingsland, Auckland, has reopened with a new look, new menu and new drinks list..Le Vrai Bar pour L 'Apéro...the place to meet, take a glass and eat (as little or as much as you like).

The atmosphere is still decidedly French sexy ... a trip to an authentique Bar à Paris without the longhaul flight.

We now specialise in traditionelle French charcuterie: patés, térrines and rillettes all made in house and served with fresh baked baguette.

The winelist still holds the same funky selection to challenge the pallette but we have also added a selection of boutique beers from around the world and a few delicious French cocktails (pour vous Mesdames).

We don't take bookings you just come along.
605 New North Road,
Auckland,
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