Your Guide to Auckland’s Restaurant Month 2017

Restaurant Month returns to Auckland’s central city this August offering over 25 exciting new events and more!

Restaurant Month returns to Auckland’s central city this August offering over 25 exciting new events and 100 special menus at three special price points: $25, $40 and $55+. Some of the city’s newest restaurants will be getting on board, providing a great excuse to tick these new openings off your ‘must visit’ list.

Whether you are keen to try something new, experience the international flavours and expertise of visiting chefs, or just make the most of a great offer from your favourite restaurant – there is something to suit all tastes and occasions.

The Chef Dining Series

The Chef Dining Series returns each Wednesday of the month with international chefs – hailing from Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney, Malaysia and Queensland teaming up with some well-known local talent, to deliver a unique dining experience.

a. A Taste of Animal (Los Angeles) at Soul Bar & Bistro
Broaden your culinary horizons with ‘meat-centric dude food’ brought to you by the chefs behind LA restaurant Animal. Animal is a hip, innovative and iconic meat-centric LA restaurant led by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. For one night, only you can join Gavin Doyle and the boys from Animal to experience dude food at its best. Find out more here.


b. A Taste of Māori Fine Dining at The Sugar Club

Celebrate the best of Maori fine dining at the top of the Sky Tower.
A unique event celebrating our Māori cuisine scene awaits. Monique Fiso and Morgan McGlone join forces with The Sugar Club’s Neil Brazier to take true New Zealand flavours to the greatest heights. Find out more here.


c. A Taste of Tippling Club (Singapore) at O’Connell St Bistro
Experience the skill and mastery of Tippling Club, one of Asia’s top 50 restaurants. Head Chef Mark Southon reunites with his former colleague and mentor Ryan Clift to bring his innovative cuisine from Singapore’s Tippling Club to Auckland. Find out more here.


d. A Taste of Paper Daisy (Queensland) at Euro
Revel in our local produce with a dinner full of wild and foraged ingredients with Ben Devlin from Queensland’s Paper Daisy, alongside Euro’s Gareth Stewart. Prepare for a night of local and wild produce carefully sourced by Queensland Chef Ben Devlin, of Sydney Morning Herald Regional Restaurant of the Year 2017 and Euro’s Executive Chef Gareth Stewart. Find out more here.


e. A Taste of Great China at Huami
Enjoy a taste of China from the latest addition to the Federal Street precinct. Renowned Kiwi chef Nic Watt of MASU and Huami Executive Chef Jeff Tan collaborate to present a five-course Asian celebration, bringing together cuisine from the regions of Canton, Sichuan, Huaiyang and Beijing. Find out more here.


Something Different at Restaurant Month:

a. Food to Die For at Pilkingtons
For those who like to opt for something a little bit different, there is an appetizing line-up of new events this year. Put your detective skills to the test at Food to Die For at Pilkingtons. Theatre and intrigue meet creative cuisine when Executive Chef Des Harris (ex Clooney) creates a dinner to die for. Take part in this night of fun and food with this unique event, carefully premeditated just for Restaurant Month. Find out more here.


b. Truffle Shuffle at The Grill by Sean Connolly
Celebrate the truffle season at The Grill by Sean Connolly. This Restaurant Month we celebrate the truffle season by creating a truffle infused feast with a well-known Auckland chef, with a well-honed love of the earthern explosion. Find out more here.


c. Wholly Brekkie at Giraffe
Enjoy a raw wholefood degustation breakfast at Giraffe with Megan May and Simon Gault. For two days, Megan May of Little Bird Organics will collaborate with the team at Simon Gault’s newly opened Giraffe, to present a delicious, raw, wholefood degustation breakfast showcasing breakfast as truly the most important meal of the day. Find out more here.

Love Street Food? Don’t miss Street Eats with Holden Spark

Street Eats, another annual Restaurant Month favourite and one of the biggest and busiest on the calendar, offering something for everyone, with central city restaurants, food trucks and pop-up stalls, serving up a myriad of international styles and flavours in the big shed on Queen’s Wharf.

Restaurant teams across the city come together in Shed 10 on Queens Wharf to serve up a myriad of different international styles and flavours, with their take on the hottest global street food. This year’s event also features a live Street Art installation, urban beats and dance to compliment the flavours and aromas found on the streets around the world. Find out more here.


What events are you looking forward to? Have you been to previous Restaurant Months? Share your stories/recommendations below.

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Written by Alliv Samson

Founder and Publisher of XYNZ Magazine. Alliv is also the co-founder and COO of Kami ( @allivsamson

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