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Top 35 Must-Try Bites & Dishes in Auckland.

Over the past few years, Auckland's gastronomic scene has experienced a remarkable transformation, turning into a vibrant hub of diverse flavours and innovative dining experiences.


As someone who's spent almost a decade working with hundreds of restaurants, handpicking this list was difficult. Trust me, with so many amazing options out there, narrowing it down was tough!


Every dish in this article is so incredibly delicious that I could happily only eat them in rotation for years.


So get ready to discover the best of the best that Auckland has to offer. At the end of this list, I have shared a couple of my personal favourites out of this list.


(This list is in alphabetical order.)



1. Ahi: BBQ'd Octopus - octopus chorizo, carrot koji, fermented jalapeno and oregano dressing


2. Alma: Beef Tongue with olive and preserved lemon


3. Amano: Pan-roasted gemfish with cauliflower, chilli and hazelnut


Prawn spaghetti from Ampersand Eatery in Auckland

4. Ampersand Eatery: Fresh Spaghetti - king prawns, house-made spaghetti pasta, roasted garlic butter, fresh chilli and parsley


5. Azabu: Soft Shell Crab Tempura - masago-crusted soft shell crab, yuzu kosho mayo and lime


6. Benedict's Cafe: Octopus - crispy agria, jalapeno seaweed aioli, grilled broccolini, pancetta and hazelnut dressing


7. Bread & Butter: Cream Brulee Doughnut


8. Candela: Grilled cabbage, ajo blanco and chilli jam


9. Dumpling Station: Pork Noodle with chilli and hot pepper


10. Duo: Raw Fish on Toast - market fish tartare with horseradish mayo on grilled sourdough


11. Eden Noodles: Wontons with spicy sauce (dry/soupless)


Peking Duck Pancakes from Gao Asian Fusion in Auckland

12. Gao Asian Fusion: Peking Duck Pancakes - cherry hoisin, cucumber and bean sprouts


13. Ghost Street: Prawn & Sesame Toast with garlic butter and sriracha mayo


14. Giapo: Christchurch Hazelnut gelato


15. Hello Beasty: Pork, Prawn & Shiitake Potstickers - garlic shoots, ginger, spring onion, crunchy chilli and light soy sauce


16. King Made Noodles: Braised Beef Noodles Soup with medium-thick noodles ("T4" noodle thickness)


17. Kingi: Kina on Toast with pancetta


18. Masu: Chashu Pork Belly with karashi miso and pickled cabbage


19. Melba Vulcan Lane: Breakfast Burger - Manuka smoked bacon, fried egg, hash brown, avocado chile, sriracha mayo, brioche bun


20. Mulan Malaysian Restaurant: Golden Shield - sweet and spicy squid with chilli jam and kaffir lime


21. New Flavour: Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice


22. Onslow: Cambridge Duck Breast - mushroom marmalade, preserved cherry, radicchio


23. Origine: Puree de Pommes de Terre - potato puree


24. Our Land Is Alive: Beef & Mushroom Cube


25. Oyster & Chop: Sirloin with mushroom and thyme sauce


26. Ozone Coffee Roaster: Smoked Fish Kedgeree with poached egg and labneh


27. Peach's Hot Chicken: The OG - fried chicken, pickles, aioli and brioche bun


28. Pici: Pici Cacio E Pepe


Almond Krunch fried chicken from Pocha in Auckland

29. Pocha: Almond Krunch fried chicken


30. Prego: Burrata with tomato relish and red onion agrodolce


31. Receptionist: Almond Croissant


32. Sneaky Snacky: Hot Chicken Donut


33. Tanpopo Ramen: Shoyu Ramen


Crispy Pork Belly from Thaiger in Auckland

34. Thaiger: Sweet & Sour Crispy Pork Belly - fresh pineapple, broccoli, capsicum, Thai sweet and sour sauce


35. Xi'an Food Bar: Hand-pulled Noodles with cumin lamb



Personal favourites:


Almond Krunch from Pocha

One of the most iconic fried chickens in Auckland... Personally, I am a fan of the Hot & Spicy version of this Almond Krunch.


Sweet & Sour Crispy Pork Belly from Thaiger

The crispiest, juiciest, tenderest and thickest pork belly you will find in Auckland. Combined with Thaiger's house-made sweet and sour sauce, it is one of my all-time favourite dishes.


Octopus from Benedict's Cafe

Ever since Benedict's introduced this dish, I've become completely hooked and order it every time I eat there.


Kina on Toast from Kingi

A combination of the buttery, briny and slightly sweet sea urchin and savoury pancetta is definitely something you should not miss out on. Grab a glass of wine or a pint of spicy beer to pair with.


Golden Shield from Mulan Malaysian Restaurant

Nothing much to say other than that this is the best squid dish in New Zealand. You just have to try it.


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Founder & Editor | Say Seowon Song

Say S. from Fork & Truffle

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