Christmas is a time to be spent with others and the city has all the top spots for a memorable catch up. Get the family together, call over the office crew or round up your friends for a meal to wrap up the year. Here are our recommendations for spots to go.
Lunch at Dr Rudi’s | Level 2/204 Quay St
Famous for their pizza by the foot, Dr Rudi’s generous plates and sharing platters are no stranger to Christmas catch ups. Sip on an ice cold tap beer, made at the onsite brewery and overlook the Viaduct’s glistening water. While you wait for your meal, hit the free bowling lanes out the back and kick off with some friendly competition.
Award-winning Williams Eatery is a Wynyard Quarter favourite for people who love good food and drink with great company. With a menu specialising in Italian and Lebanese dishes and using only the best seasonal produce from local suppliers, it's a great place to meet family and friends for a fantastic dining experience this festive season.
Lunch at La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
Take advantage of La Zeppa’s large outdoor balcony and dine with a view of Victoria Park’s greenery. Discover the Mediterranean menu that is designed for sharing whilst being surrounded with great music and an upbeat environment.
Lunch at Cafe Hanoi | Galway Street, Britomart
You may have been to Cafe Hanoi before, but have you been in its new, bigger space on Galway Street? The new restaurant opens into the laneway of the Britomart Hotel and includes a larger dining space, an open kitchen with chef’s table counter seating, a conservatory with windows looking out onto Galway Street, a separate bar and a large private dining room that can accommodate 44 guests (double that of the original private space) - perfect for if you've got a big family or group of friends to celebrate with this season.
Dinner at White + Wongs | 149 Quay Street
White + Wong’s ‘east meets west’ cuisine takes classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand – the noodles, soups, curries and delicious dumplings – and creates an eclectic menu to pick and choose from. Perfect for casual group dining with world class views of The Viaduct. What's also great about this eatery is that it boasts a hidden gem in Sardine, a great little bar which creates delicious cocktails and craft beers.
Dinner at kingi | Galway Street, Britomart
Brought to you by Tom Hishon and Josh Helm, the minds behind Orphan’s Kitchen and Daily Bread, kingi (short for kingfish) has a menu emphasising sustainability and quality. Add this to your list of must-try places to dine this season and enjoy the intimate ambience, gorgeous fit out (we love the exposed brick walls and chandelier) and fresh, seasonal dishes.
Dinner at Ahi | Commercial Bay
Enjoy dinner at this fine dining restaurant with wonderful views looking out to the Ferry Building and Waitemata Harbour located in Commercial Bay. Lead by acclaimed chef Ben Bayly, enjoy a menu celebrating New Zealand food and ingredients, with dishes including NIWA kingfish, Te Mana lamb, charcoaled half crayfish and more.
Dinner at Huami | 87 Federal St
Experience dinner in true Chinese fashion at Huami, either in the main dining area or in one of their 3 private dining rooms. The private dining rooms seat 6-12 guests and are an intimate way to share plates of traditional food. The chef’s menus showcase an exquisite range of dishes from all corners of China, whilst the drinks menu features an extensive wine list curated by New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas.
Dinner at Cassia | 5 Fort Lane
Chef and owner, Sid Sahrawat, works on creating dishes that rework classic spices with contemporary and local New Zealand ingredients. Indulge in his creative culinary skills and aromatic flavour combinations of India and enjoy the romantic lighting of the restaurant. Cassia offers private rooms as well as semi-private dining areas to cater to group dinners and gatherings.
Lunch at alma | Corner of Gore & Tyler Street
Explore an array of Spanish wines and delicious food at Alma. The menus showcase an exquisite range of dishes including Pork pinchitos, Jamon de Jabugo and Cauliflower & manchego tostada to name a few, whilst the drinks menu includes an extensive list of tempranillo, syrah, vino blanco, rose and more.
Dinner at The Shakespeare Restaurant & Brewery | 61 Albert Street
Enjoy classic pub food and award winning beer for you Christmas catch up at The Shakespeare Restaurant & Brewery. You will definitely notice a Kiwi accent in the menu, with succulent seafood and tender, juicy meat. Meet up with your friends and family after this long lockdown, enjoy great company and good company.