Flavour scene: Where to eat out this NZ Fashion Weekend

28 August 2016
By Fashion Quarterly

Soul bar

Auckland City is blessed with a thriving hospitality scene, with world-class restaurants and bars at every turn.

Throughout NZFW, head to one of these hotspots for a bite to eat or a cocktail.

White + Wongs (Viaduct Harbour)
White + Wong’s “East meets West” cuisine takes classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, and does amazing things with the flavours.

Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill (CBD)
An urbane locale offering sophisticated seafood dishes, cocktails and an all-season, panoramic deck.

Soul Bar (Viaduct Harbour)
Soul is in the heart of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. The bistro prides itself on its use of the finest, freshest local ingredients and, as may be expected from its location, Soul has an emphasis on seafood.

Woodpecker Hill (Parnell)
This is where the smokin’ meets the hot. In the Woodpecker Hill kitchen, the flavours of the East embrace the culinary techniques of the West.


Regatta (Takapuna)
Perfectly positioned to take in the views of Rangitoto across the water from Takapuna Beach, Regatta is a cool, casual bistro that focuses on seafood.

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen (Freemans Bay)
A bustling joint with an ample outdoor seating area featuring house-made beers and eclectic comfort food.

Cable Bay (Waiheke Island)
Dedicated to crafting premium wines known for their elegance, subtlety and depth, Cable Bay Vineyard also has an award-winning restaurant set amidst vines and olive trees with stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland city.

Mexico celebrates the vibrant, fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine at its multiple venues across Auckland.

1885 (Britomart)
1885 Britomart is a sophisticated multi-level bar in that plays host to some of New Zealand’s top DJs.

The Culpeper (Princes Wharf)
A light, airy bistro with a tropical vibe turning out high-end BBQ, seafood and cocktails.

Ostro (Britomart)
A bold New Zealand interpretation of an international-style brasserie, with an upscale yet unpretentious atmosphere and multiple Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett at the culinary helm.

Onslow (Mt Eden)
From the land to your table, Onslow bar and eatery delivers bold, fresh and flavoursome food. It has a considered and delicious menu, regularly amended according to nature’s bounty.

Maldito Mendez (Ponsonby)
Fire up your taste buds with seasonal, typical cantina fare found in Latin America served up as casual, shareable, real food.

Bedford Soda & Liquor (Ponsonby)
An intimate, New York-inspired neighbourhood bar located in the Ponsonby Central precinct specialising in sumptuous cocktails and tasty meatballs.

The Jefferson (CBD)
It’s Auckland’s finest whiskey selection. With class and character, this speakeasy boasts over 600 whiskies on its shelves.

L’affare Melrose (Newmarket)
Iconic Wellington coffee roaster L’affare has now opened a beautiful espresso bar and eatery in Newmarket.

*This list originally appeared in NZ Fashion Week’s The Guide.

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