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Hotel restaurants are coming into their own, and nowhere more so than Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
In Te Ika-a-Māui, Aotearoa New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is a lively waterfront city surrounded by native bush, soft-sand beaches and volcanic cones. From sea to bush, this diverse natural landscape fuels local chefs with culinary inspiration, as menus across the region pop with locally grown ingredients and distinct New Zealand flavours.
Over the past few years, these exciting menus have defined in-house hotel restaurants, from kingi at The Hotel Britomart to the plant-based East restaurant in Sudima Auckland City.
These are the hottest hotel restaurants to eat at right now in Auckland.
kingi is no stranger to the culinary crowd. The Hotel Britomart
‘s in-house restaurant is renowned for its menu of sustainably sourced seafood and fresh New Zealand produce, thanks to co-founder and chef Tom Hishon.
Take a seat in the laneway dining space where elegant, rustic interiors echo the heritage Auckland surrounds and light spills in through the glass ceiling. The drinks list is stacked with trans-Tasman wines and innovative cocktails, while the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Time your visit for Aperitivo Hour (daily from 3pm) for speciality drinks and charcuterie.
Tuawhiti Lane, 29 Galway Street, Britomart, kingibritomart.com
Seasonal and regional produce are celebrated in this minimalist brasserie-style restaurant, located within Pullman Auckland
and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chefs Johnny Roullier and Paul Tasker stitch modern and traditional cuisine together to create an open-grill concept at Tapestry Dining, where the menu spotlights in-house dry-aged beef.
Elevated on the 15th floor of SO/ Auckland
hotel, this exciting and opulent restaurant promises sweeping views across both Waitematā Harbour and the Auckland cityscape. Aside from the vista, Harbour Society also delivers an ever-evolving menu from the capable hands of Malaysian chef Roy Giam.
Signature dishes bring a distinct Kiwi spin to Asian cuisine, pairing spaghetti with Cloudy Bay clams, XOXO sauce, Chinese chives and spring onion or braised lamb oyster shoulder in rendang sauce. Come for the views, stay for the food.
Cnr Customs Street East and Gore Street, harboursociety.co.nz
Auckland’s appetite for Asian-inspired fare combined with Pacific Rim flavours continues at Beast & Butterflies. Helmed by chef Scott Gaskin, the menu at the waterfront restaurant, bar and on-site deli is stacked with these desirable dishes.
Fresh seafood dishes like kingfish ceviche and octopus laksa sit alongside Asian-influenced shiitake gyoza dumplings and beef carpaccio. Swing by the all-day dining destination, nestled within the 190-room M Social Auckland
In the heart of Auckland within luxury hotel Sudima Auckland City
, East delivers plant-based dining that showcases — as the name alludes to — cuisine lifted from an array of countries throughout Asia. Chow down on vegetarian Chinese dan dan noodles, Indonesia’s gado gado salad or Beijing’s Peking duck recreated by chef Harmeet Singh, in the comfort of the restaurant’s cocooning, bottle-green interiors.
63-67 Nelson Street, easteats.co.nz