Heading into colder weather and shorter days can feel a bit gloomy at times – but there are upsides that bring us joy during these months - like delicious and comforting dishes from our city centre restaurants. Autumn sees new menus emerging from the kitchens, using seasonal ingredients and creativity to bring you incredible dining experiences. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the must try new menus in the city centre so you can start planning your next meal out. 

The Sugar Club | Level 53 of the Sky Tower 

We love the sound of The Sugar Club’s new menu created by talented head chef Abhijit (Abhi) Dey. Using his local experience he's recreated classic Kiwi dishes with a fine dining twist. To give you an idea, the ‘Fish & Chips’ is made with tempura whitebait, kina emulsion and L&P kombucha to recreate the experience of fish and chips at the beach. The ‘Off the Tree’, Feijoa sorbet 'cakesicle' reimagines a classic summer popsicle. Embrace this opportunity to experience the classics you’ve grown up with and taste them like never before!

Cassia | 5 Fort Lane 

After a month-long closure due to flooding, Cassia is open again and we couldn’t be more excited! If there’s one good thing to come out of their temporary closure, it’s a new autumn menu which features the perennial Cassia favourites, along with tasty new morsels. Think dry chicken curry croquette, beef short rib, smoked paneer, and salt baked pineapple, to name a few.

Citizen Q | 305 Queen Street 

Citizen Q is warming back into things with a special new menu developed by Ima Cuisine founder Yael Shochat. Whether you’re attending a performance at the Q Theatre or just meeting friends for after-work drinks, Citizen Q provides a welcoming space with delicious dishes such as miso-glazed eggplant, sticky chicken wings and potato and spring onion pancakes (otherwise known as Latkes).

Mexico Britomart | 23 Britomart Place

Mexico has a menu filled with tasty treats to warm the soul as the months get cooler. Their dishes deliver complex layers of flavour using seasonal, fresh ingredients. If you’re keen to grab a drink while you’re there, their May cocktail special is one to try! The ‘Watermelon High’ is made with London Dry Gin, el Jimador Tequila, Vodka and Watermelon. 

Ghost Donkey | Commercial Bay

Ghost Donkey's latest menu features the most delicious Mexican morsels you can think of. From their fried chicken with jalapeño mayo, red chilli & coriander, to a delicious chicken burrito filled with pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, black beans, slaw and mozzarella, a quesadilla filled with all the cheesy goodness and even a margarita tart for dessert, you will not be disappointed with this menu!

Last updated: 02 June 2022