A sustainable seafood restaurant in the heart of the city
Opening hours
Currently open!
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 7:00 am-Late
Wednesday: 7:00 am-Late
Thursday: 7:00 am-Late
Friday: 7:00 am-Late
Saturday: 8:00 am-Late
Sunday: Closed

kingi (short for kingfish) offers fresh, sustainably sourced seafood, game and New Zealand produce in thoughtful, approachable ways. Located just steps from The Hotel Britomart lobby on the brick-lined laneway between Galway St and Customs St East, kingi is open all day and evening, for everything from early-morning coffee and classic cheese rolls, through brunch and lunch, to drinks and larger plates at night.

The restaurant is designed to be a place where people “can come and not spend the earth, where they can sit down for a glass of wine and olives one night and another night sit down for a longer meal. Theres no pressure; its a neighbourhood home away from home,” say founders Tom Hishon and Josh Helm, who also lead award-winning eateries Orphans Kitchen and Daily Bread. The drinks menu centres around New Zealand and Australian wines with a scattering of international selections, a handful of elegant cocktails, New Zealand beers and the full range of daytime beverages.


kingi Private


kingi Private is a sophisticated, brick-lined private dining or conference space that brings together the relaxed warmth of kingi and the refined elegance of The Libraries at The Hotel Britomart. An expansive raw-edge swamp kauri slab table sits beneath a shimmering fish-scale chandelier, while the glass-boxed ‘larder kitchen’ gives diners fascinating glimpses of chefs preparing seasonal dishes.  

See the fact sheet here. Available to book here

kingi private dining
kingi private dining
kingi private dining room

Special offers at kingi

  • kingi's $38 Good Morning Package


    kingi 's Good Morning Package includes a mini croissant and fruit salad on arrival, a breakfast dish of your choice from their à la carte breakfast menu, and a hot and cold drink. Bookings required for groups of 8 or more.

    kingi breakfast
  • Aperitivo Hour at kingi

    DAILY, 3-5PM

    Head along to kingi's Aperitivo Hour, daily from 3pm-6pm, and enjoy complimentary bites from the chef when you order from the aperitivo list. Limited selection of our A La Carte menu is also available. Make a booking here


    Aperitivo hour at Kingi

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Last updated: 12 April 2024

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