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Auckland Restaurant Month and a Street Eats giveaway


(scroll down for giveaway)

August is Auckland Restaurant Month and this year, Street Eats on the first Saturday of the month (Saturday 6 Aug 2016).

Huzzah! I love Street Eats which I view as a walking, build-your-own degustation. Browse, graze, have a drink, and enjoy the atmosphere.


There will be over 80 dishes, usually priced between $5 to $12, covering many different cuisines from restaurants, cafes and food trucks around Auckland. With games for kids, a bar for grown ups and live music for everyone, there will be plenty to keep you amused. Entry is $5 for adults and free for supervised kids. Gates open 10.30am and close 8pm, though I highly recommend an early visit as many of the best dishes sell out. Check out the menus here if you’re like me and like to have a browse before the event.

Here’s a few pics I’ve snapped of past Street Eats to get your appetite going…


There are lots of other foodie events on this month, with serious and novel themes. Events include Dinner in the Dark (sold out), Dessert Degustation Walking Tour (sold out), a free screening of Auckland cafe documentary Monterey, a taste of Momofuku Seiobo at The Grove, High Tea and Fashion at Hotel Debretts, and F&P Social Kitchen cooking demonstrations by some of the city’s best chefs and foodies. For more info on the Special Events, check out the link here.


The Menus

This year, participating restaurants have conjured up Auckland Restaurant Month specials in three price brackets: $25, $40 and $55+. There are a lot of specials and I suggest you check them all out here in case there are places on your bucket list on there. Now is a great time to visit.

I’ve picked 3 from each price bracket, 2 of which even include wine. If I could only go to nine restaurants over the course of the coming month, these would be my picks…I’ve only been to one of these restaurants so I can’t exactly vouch for them, they’re just on my bucket list and I also like their Auckland Restaurant Month menus.

$25 Top 3 picks

1. The Crab Shack, Princes Wharf

Choice of 3 entrees and 3 mains. Options include tempura soft shell crab taco with miso mayonnaise, and half a roast chook with maple glaze, kumara hash, chorizo, jalapeño and yogurt. Matched with Vavasour Pinot Gris or house beer.

2. Indochine, Fort Street

Choice of 3 entrees and 3 mains. Options include Goi Cuon, rice paper rolls with black tiger prawns, pork, salad, herbs and dipping sauce, and Bun Cha, charcoal BBQ prok belly and pork mince served on noodle with fresh herbs. Vegetarian options available


Photo from that one time I dined at Ortolana (not from their current menu).

3. Ortolana, Britomart

Choice of 2 mains and 1 dessert. Beef short rib or chicken cotoletta, and gelato on a stick.

$40 Top 3 picks

1. Rockefeller Champagne and Oyster Bar, Fanshawe Street

Choice of 2 entrees, 2 mains and 1 dessert. Options include natural oysters with mignonette and lemon, and spaghetti vongole.

2. Everybody’s, Fort Street

Choice of 3 entrees and 3 mains. Options include grilled tiger prawns with chili oil and saffron lime mayonnaise, and Angus beef sirloin with a smoked egg, jus and chunky potato chips.
Vegetarian options available.

3. Meat Fish Wine, Chancery

Choice of 2 courses from 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts. Options include Ora Salmon with beets, mizuna, puffed tapioca and avocado, and Pork Belly with baby kumara, miso and maple dressing, peanut and coriander. Vegetarian options available

$55 Top 3 picks

1. Ostro, Britomart

Choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains and 1 dessert. Options include Pork cheek and ox tongue terrine with toasted sourdough, cauliflower pickles and mustard, and BBQ lemon and garlic chicken with romesco salsa and parsley, and cinnamon doughnuts with boysenberry jam and cream.

Ostro. Image by Jeremy Toth

Ostro. Image by Jeremy Toth

2. Ebisu, Britomart

2 set courses and 2 x 2 choice courses. Dishes include Ora King Salmon Tataki with jalapeño dressing and paper thin vegetables, free range karaarge chicken with onion pepper dressing, Wakanui scotch fillet with ponzu, wafu dressing and sesame sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Vegetarian 4 course menu available for $40.

3. Pilkingtons, Shortland Street

Set menu of charred king salmon with beetroot, pistachio, goat milm and cress; Pork belly and loin with apple, celeriac, pickled mustard and cider, spiced cake with poached fig, maple syrup, vanilla and fennel. Complimentary glass of Nautilus Brut Cuvée NV


Street Eats Pack Giveaway

Thanks to Auckland Restaurant Month I have a Street Eats Pack to give away. This pack includes entry for two, two food items and two drinks to be redeemed at Street Eats, Saturday 6 August 2016 at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. What a great start to a month of deliciousness!

This competition is now closed.


Terms and conditions

  1. 1 entry per person.
  2. Prize includes entry for two, two food items and two drinks to be redeemed at Street Eats, Saturday 6 August 2016 at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. Alcohol will not be served to minors.
  3. Prize may not be exchanged for cash.
  4. It is the responsibility of the prize winner to redeem their prize.
  5. Entries close Sunday 24 July 2016. Winner will be drawn on Monday 25 July 2016. Winner will be contacted by email, announced here and on Facebook. Should the winner not be contactable within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.


  1. Charlotte says

    Breakfast at Major Sprout, lunch at Ortolana, followed by dinner at Depot ^_^

  2. Breakfast at Mondays in Kingsland, followed by a solid cheap eats lunch at Barilla, finishing off with dinner at the new spot in Ponsonby, Azabu! 🙂

  3. Lin Nah says

    3 Favourites in Auckland City: Giapo, Satya South Indian, and Sri Pinang

  4. poppysbabble says

    Eeep this is hard. for me, Ortolana in Britomart, Regatta in Takapuna, and Bettes in Devonport (their Crispy Squid keeps me awake at night – it’s DIVINE)

  5. Itzi says

    My top three: 1. Boulangerie French Bakery in Silverdale (amazing and best pastry)! 2. Lunch in Casablanca cafe ( different Eastern Mediterranean touch) 3. Dinner at Pasta and Cuore ( this pasta is nothing you have taste before)

  6. Aimee says

    We are really lucky to be spoilt for choice in Auckland. There are too many to name so I’ll go with three places that I love to take those visiting Auckland.

    The Sugar Club – to drink their cocktails and take in the view.
    The Depot – amazing menu that showcases the freshness of our food
    Milse – for our dessert fix 🙂

  7. snatchstyle says

    My favorites are places where I can have great food I could never cook. Mamak Malaysian, Barilla dumplings and New flavor.

  8. Narrowing it down to three isn’t a reasonable thing…. But here are three faves…
    Woodpecker Hill

  9. Niamh Slattery says

    Ooh three is hard special occasions ,Meredith’s . newly tried and loved bolaven and one of my favorite coffee and treat stops in town is remedy

  10. I’ll go with something different…
    Best Ugly Bagels, Newmarket
    Boulangerie French Bakery, Silverdale
    Federal Delicatessen, CBD

  11. Sylvia Shim says

    Little and friday cafe ! Federal delicatessen for amazing cakes and fokker bros for fokkerlicious burgers ! 😍😍

  12. Damon Kinley says

    SidArt is my wife and my all time favourite. Taiko Japanese in Kingsland is a great spot and quite possibly has the best host in all of Auckland. And if we count Waiheke as part of Auckland, then I love Cat and the her amazing team at Casita Miro! Damn, now I’m hungry…..

  13. Jo Rae says

    The Food Truck is a fav; Ostro when we are feeling like a treat; Mexico when we’re celebrating birthdays.

  14. Ursha Cunard says

    Hansans in Panmure – cheapeats and delish
    Luscious cafe in Onehunga – Breakfast/Brunch
    Poterhouse in Pakuranga – Dinner best steak

  15. My three picks are (in no order):
    1. The Fed (recently took my mum here and she LOVED it)
    2. Ortolana
    3. Miann

  16. My 3 fave places to eat in Auckland..
    Gusto for something special every time breakfast, lunch or dinner.
    Pappa Rich for a great laksa with friends.
    Fed Street Deli for the bestest milk shakes

    So many choices so little time

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