Lorne street is a melting pot of internationally inspired restaurants where you can find everything from delicate dumplings to hearty soups and savory pancakes. We’ve scouted the best spots to get you started on your lunchtime escapade so you can beat the rush. Whether you’re short for time or keen to settle in for a long sit-down lunch head down Lorne street and get familiar with some of the most exciting food in the Auckland central.

Mentatz | 28 Lorne Street

Bowl of noodles

Head into Mentatz and grab a seat at the noodle bar and dive into a bowl of delicious traditional Japanese ramen. With great options for both ramen and donburi, Mentatz is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings for Japanese cuisine next lunchtime.

Revive | 33 Lorne Street

Food on display

Revive is one of Auckland’s pioneering health food eateries. Here you will find rotating seasonal specials such as Tamil Tamarind Dahl with pumpkin & potato and Moroccan Sweet Potato Soup. Indulge in the enormous number of meal combinations and feel the benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

The Kimchi Project | 20 Lorne Street

Dining area

Sit back in the beautiful courtyard of this Korean fusion restaurant and try one of their exciting kimchi dishes. From kimchi waffle fries to kimchi spag pasta this little eatery offers interesting range of Korean inspired dishes.

No.1 Pancake | Cnr Lorne and Wellesley Street

Man holding pancake

Short for time most lunch breaks? Stop by this takeaway only Korean style pancakes vendor and fall in love with the sweet and savory pancakes on offer. Fill yours with beef, chicken, ham or vege, all with generous topping of tasty cheese, or satisfy those afternoon sugar cravings with a chocolate or cinnamon sweet pancake.

Sunny Town China Taste | 10-14 Lorne Street

Bowl of soup

Craving the taste of authentic Chinese cuisine? Sunny Town’s mission is to bring this experience to Auckland central. Watch in their front window as chefs prepare dumplings by hand, then take a seat and let your senses be transported to mainland China. Using traditional Chinese recipes and spices imported from China, their dumplings, DanDan noodles and sauced pork buns are only the beginning to their delicious lunchtime menu. 

Kaya | 32 Lorne Street

Bowl of soup

Sit down to an intimate Korean meal at Kaya and explore their intriguing hotpot menu. Full of spicy aromas and excitement, mix and match a few dishes and enjoy the range of flavors classic Korean cuisine has to offer. Try a piping hot bowl of soft tofu stew and sizzling spicy squid, perfect for sharing though easily devoured by one. 

Chom Na Thai Food | 40 Lorne Street

Dining area

This Thai eatery below ground level is the perfect place to grab a satisfying lunchtime meal,  balanced in flavour with that little bit of spicy kick to get rid of those midday yawns. With an extensive selection of curries and noodle dishes that can all be made vegetarian, bring the whole team down to Chom Na for a well needed lunchtime break.

Last updated: 16 July 2019