Move over winter comfort food, spring is in the air!  It’s the season of renewal and lucky for us this means there is a whole bunch of local produce now becoming available. It’s time to head out and discover all that the city has to offer this fine season. Don’t hold back, let your taste buds do the walking this spring.


Salmon Don Buri, $18 | Azabu | Auckland Fish Market 

Azabu’s fresh and flavour-packed Don Buri made up of Ahi Tuna and Salmon, complimented with avocado, edamame, salad and yuzu sauce on a bed of rice is one that can’t be missed this spring. Enjoy in Auckland Fish Market’s outdoor seating at the back or in the sunshine at Silo Park.

Food Truck Garage

Chipotle Prawn tacos, $18 |The Food Truck Garage | City Works Depot

Get your hand on one of the city’s best gluten and dairy free quick snack options at The Food Truck Garage. This soft shell taco combines Chipotle marinated prawns, tomato kasundi, lettuce, sweetcorn, pico de gallo & chipotle yoghurt to create a simple and refreshing bite. This beloved lunch spot is great any time of the day. 


Salad box, $13 | Revive | 24 Wyndham St

Revive is one of Auckland’s best healthy lunchtime options. The cafe offers a huge selection of delicious vegan offerings–from refreshing smoothies to hearty meals and even a few guilt free sweets. Try a salad box and have your choice of three dishes created fresh that day. A favorite option of regulars is the delicious green rice pilaf with peppers, peas, carrots & revive’s own aioli.

District 5

Rice noodle salad, $14.50 | District 5 | 28 Shortland St

Get the taste of Vietnamese cuisine in the city centre next lunchtime with a visit to District 5. The rice noodle salad comes in 3 different variations–Lemongrass chicken, chilli chicken and grilled lemongrass pork. If you’ve got the time why not take your salad over to Freyberg square and bask in the light of the spring sun at Freyberg square.


Poke bowl, $14 | YEAH BOWL | Britomart train station 

YEAH BOWL is a group of friends answer to the question ‘where’s all the healthy fast food’. Here they remix the traditional Hawaian dish to create a healthy bowl which includes a choice of protein atop warm black rice, salad or a 50/50 mixture.This bowl is put together fast so you can enjoy a long relaxed lunch break. Stroll down to Takutai Sq and take in the awesome atmosphere of Auckland central in spring.

Williams Eatery

Market fish, $29 | Williams Eatery | g03/85 Daldy St 

Set just a street back from Auckland's beautiful waterfront and only a few doors down from the Auckland fish market we shouldn’t be surprised that Williams would be cooking up a great fish dish this time of year. Set yourself up outside in the sun and sit back and relax as the amazing staff take care of you.


Morocan Bowl, from $16.90 | Misters | G/12 Wyndham St 

One of the city’s best gluten and dairy free lunchtime spots, Misters Morocan Bowl is hard to beat in value for quality. This delicious bowl combines Organic quinoa tabouli, hummus, lemon ‘mayo’ spiced carrot and kale slaw pomegranate dukkah and micro coriander with your choice of falafel, meat or fish to create an unforgettable meal, and it’s only lunch time! 

Last updated: 20 September 2019