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Big Fish Eatery

Penrose, Auckland Came here with a group of friends recently as we have heard great things about this place. This eatery focuses on Pan Asian food, i.e. unity of Asian cuisines such as Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malaysian etc. And Big Fish Eatery did not disappoint. Designed to share (as do a lot of restaurants … 

 

Gourmet Burger & Brew Kitchen

Quay Street – Princes Wharf, Auckland VERY DISAPPOINTED Well well, where do I start? DO NOT BE FOOLED by their huge burgers. Came here on a Friday afternoon with a group of five. Menu looks good with a variety of burgers to choose from: from the standard beef, chicken and veggie burgers to the more … 

 

Hulucat Tea House

Anzac Ave, Auckland CBD Anyone likes bubble tea? Seems like it’s quite popular these days. For those that don’t already know, the “bubbles” refer to the “pearls”, or tapioca, toppings that you can add to your flavoured milk tea. Tapioca is often used in Asian desserts. They’re chewy and clear, can be a little bit … 

 

Barilla Dumplings

Dominion Road, Balmoral People often ask where to get the best and most authentic dumplings in Auckland. Barilla on Dom Road! THIS is the place. Now just like every other nice, cheap and authentic Asian eateries you DO NOT, I repeat, you DO NOT expect great service. It IS meant to be like this. ¬†Staff … 

 

Szimpla Gastro Bar

Auckland Airport Being a bar this place was vibrant on a Friday evening. Staff are attentive and friendly – always a positive and a must in the hospitality space. Their garlic bread was more like a whole pizza itself. Best to share if you want to be able to have your main. Nicely done though … 

 

Chef Rasa Sayang Malaysian Restaurant

Birkenhead Malaysian food. Full of strong flavours. Can be spicy. Not for everyone’s liking but if you know what to order, there’s a dish for everyone! We were recommended by locals to eat here. We weren’t disappointed. First of all the place is authentic (you’ll know what I mean when you see it). In other … 

 

Macau Bar Kitchen & Lounge

Tauranga Central Wow! Just wow. My friends and I were so impressed with this Asian fusion restaurant that I went back a few months later just to have lunch there! This easily tops any of the fusion restaurants we’ve ever been to! Who would have thought a simple dish of beans and mushrooms would be … 

 

Baduzzi Italian Restaurant

Wynyard Quarter No doubt for those who have tried this restaurant love their famous meatballs (Baduzzi = meatballs in Sicillian) and fresh homemade pasta. Michael, also owner of The Grove (another fine dining restaurant in Auckland) with executive chef Ben Bayly (My Kitchen Rules New Zealand) created this amazing Italian restaurant a few years ago. … 

 

The Blacksmith Eatery & Bar

Takanini Village Situated at the fairly new Takanini Village is this bar/restaurant. Spacious with upstairs seating and several big flat TV screens is a plus. Can’t expect much service here you have to order both food and drinks at the bar. Fish and chips was not bad. Chicken tenders were a little bit on the …