Dining out in the city centre may not be an option just yet but these online recipes from your favourite restaurants bring the flavours to your own bubble. We've picked out a few of our favourites for you to try your hands on at home. It's like taking a trip to one of the city centre's finest restaurants, but you're the chef!

Cassia at home

Prepare a stir-fry of prawns with green beans and karahi sauce with Cassia at home 

Home cooks can now bring a professional touch to their dinner plates with chef Sid Sahrawat’s range of curry sauces and spice kits from the Cassia at Home range. If you need a fix of Cassia's delicious dishes while at home, shop their online store and get cooking with flavours right from their kitchen - if you need some inspiration, follow the step-by-step recipe for a stir-fry of prawns with green beans, here. When shopping online, use the code "20OFF" at the check-out to get 20% off!


Make sushi rolls at home following Ebisu's online recipe

Renowned for making some of the best sushi in Auckland, Ebisu has shared some tips on how to make vegetable rainbow rolls. You will need a bamboo rolling mat, some plastic wrap, sushi nori sheets, sushi rice and your choice of vegetables (they recommend using, beetroot, carrots, avocado, pickled red cabbage, pickled yellow and red capsicums). Keep an eye on their Instagram story highlights for the full recipe here.


Shake up a classic margarita with Mexico

Check out Mexico's website where you can find their recipe guide called 'Mexico at Home'. It includes many of our faves like their vegan jackfruit quesadilla, the patatas bravas and everyone's favourite cinnamon spiced dessert - their delicious churros. It also includes their signature classic margarita you can whip up from the comfort of your own kitchen. Check out all the recipes here


Cook braised lamb shanks with Ostro at home

Make sure to keep an eye on Ostro's Instagram as they're sharing delicious recipes via their stories such as their recipe for Braised Lamb Shanks in Manuka Honey & Beer - a perfect weekend recipe and a dish that is sure to please the whole family. If you missed the recipes on their story, check out the highlights or head to the Savour Goods' website here


Bake Depot's famous cookie skillet

Al Brown New Zealand Chef has shared the recipe for his beloved chocolate and macadamia cookie dessert for you to enjoy with your whānau. This recipe should make 18 portions and you can freeze the dough to be used at a later date. Check out the recipe shared on Skycity's Facebook page here and have a go at making some cookie goodness.


Chicken tea sandwich recipe from Bluebells Cakery

Lover of high tea? Bluebells Cakery have shared their beloved chicken tea sandwich recipe via their Instagram page so that you and your bubble can have fun together preparing delicious sandwiches that you can combine with scones or mini cupcakes for the perfect high-tea treat! Check out the recipe here.


Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Ben & Jerry's

Are you a Ben & Jerry's fan? If so, you're surely going to want to try their vegan chocolate strawberry shortcake. All you need is Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Non-Dairy ice cream, a little bit of self-rising flour, coconut milk, sugar, and strawberries for the topping. Click to see the full recipe, here.


Make yourself a mug of hot ginger and lemon tea with East Day Spa's online recipe

East Day Spa has shared on their Instagram page a recipe for a delightful hot ginger and lemon tea which can help with boosting your immune system and is also really good to help your body get rid of toxins. The mighty ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions and has many healing benefits such as helping in lowering blood sugar and helping to fight infections. Read the recipe here.


Banh Xeo from Cafe Hanoi

Looking for something light and bright to cook? Enjoy Executive Chef Nathan Houpapa’s Banh Xeo at home by having a go at cooking it for yourself! Originally from Vietnam, Banh Xeo is a pancake made with rice flour, coconut cream, and turmeric in a wok. It is then filled with pork and shrimp, and served with herbs and lettuce - delicious! Click here to see the recipe shared on the New Zealand Herald website. 


Bring some Spanish flavours to your home with Sanford & Sons' Seafood & Chorizo Paella recipe

Sanford & Sons have got a myriad of recipes online for you to choose from and we hope you're hungry! Our fav is the Seafood & Chorizo Paella that serves 6 people and is super easy to make. Check out the recipe here. Or why not try the spiced baked prawns or king salmon with silky pea puree.

Good dog bad dog

Prepare some lockdown lunches with Harbour Eats at home

Sink your teeth into recipes from some of Commercial Bay’s Harbour Eats faves eateries such as Good Dog Bad Dog, Fatimas, Hawker and Roll and Burger Burger and learn how to make chilli cheese hotdogs, a charred broccoli burger, Fatima’s lamb chawarma and a beef hawker roll. Head to Commercial Bay’s Instagram and check out the highlights section here to see all the recipes.

If you are a city centre business we would love to hear from you about what you are currently offering at Alert Level 4. Please email us at info@heartofthecity.co.nz so we can support you by spreading the word and including you in relevant wrap ups. 

Last updated: 25 August 2021