While we love a dinner party, there’s a lot to be said for a long, languid lunch. Quite apart from the potential for getting to bed at a reasonable hour, there’s something inherently luxurious about a long lunch, connecting with friends, family or colleagues over some delicious food and drinks. Certain restaurants are a step above the rest when it comes to providing the ideal set-up for a long lunch, and without further ado, discover Auckland’s top 10 best long lunch eateries, as voted by you in the 2021 Denizen Hospo Heroes presented by American Express.
1. WINNER: Euro Bar & Restaurant
After 21 years in business, Euro’s recent overhaul has firmly cemented its long-held dominance in the much revered long lunching scene. With a menu of some of the tastiest dishes in town designed by Executive Chef Gareth Stewart and recently-instated Head Chef Uelese Mua, the sun sparkling off the water, and the company of great people, there is no better place to while away an afternoon.
2. HONOURABLE MENTION: Azabu Mission Bay
Azabu Mission Bay opened its doors in late 2020, and ever since it has been a sought-after seaside spot for those who want to be sure the food, service and ambience will be exceptional, every time. Within its covered Roku Gin Garden, long tables are primed for comfort rain or shine, and the dedicated Harajuku Brunch weekend menu, comprising a comprehensive selection of Azabu’s famously delicious Nikkei fare, ensures this Eastern Beaches gem is a long lunch stand-out.
3: HONOURABLE MENTION: Andiamo
Everybody wants an excuse to visit Herne Bay favourite Andiamo, and what could be better than for a long lunch? This neighbourhood restaurant only gets better with time, whether you’re lucky enough to grab a table outside in the sun in summer, or are rugged up cosily in winter. Linger over some antipasti and Aperol or a full feast with never-ending pours of the finest drops. Andiamo’s special Local’s Lunch offering invites you to lunch like a seasoned regular, with an entree, main (we’re partial to the spaghetti, prawn and crayfish bolognese) and a glass of wine for just $35.
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Discover the full list of 2021 Denizen Hospo Heroes winners in our new Winter issue, on sale now.