Auckland city centre is dotted with one-of-a-kind eateries that create incredible dishes. Discover the meals that have become famous amongst restaurant go-ers and experience the memorable tastes served. 

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Gurnard crayfish ravioli, $19/piece | Baduzzi |10-26 Jellicoe Street

Baduzzi’s gurnard and crayfish ravioli, topped with tomato butter, is a succulent and creamy pasta dish that is handmade daily and cooked to order. The traditional recipe is a timeless creation as well as a chef favourite.


Stirfried roast duck, $35 | Cafe Hanoi | Excelsior Building, Corner of Galway & Commerce Street

Most tables will have this tasty Vietnamese dish on their table. Cafe Hanoi’s stirfried roast duck with brocollini, carrots, crispy rice cake and a delicious sweet honey soy creating indulgent textures to leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. 


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Paua on toast | Hugo’s Bistro | 67 Shortland Street

Hugo’s are famous for their modern interpretations of bistro classics which change every season dependent on the fresh ingredients available to the kitchen. Order the paua on toast with garlic butter for an abundance of flavours. 

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Korean fried cauliflower, $17 | Hello Beasty | 95-97 Customs Street West

Hello Beasty’s take on ‘KFC’ is a popular choice amongst vegetarian diners. Glazed with spicy gochujang and roasted sesame seeds, taste cauliflower like never before. Bite through the irresistible crunchy shell and savour the sweet and chilli sauces that cover the bite sized cauliflower. 

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Crisp soft-shell crab, $26 | Ebisu | Union Fish Company Building, 116-118 Quay Street

Ebisu’s crisp soft-shell crab is a staff pick and restaurant must-try. The crab comes with wasabi tartare and orange ponzu, making an exquisite combination of spice and fresh citrus. Treat your taste buds to this innovative dish that gives Ebisu its reputable title. 

Last updated: 09 June 2020