one of Huami's private dining rooms

Catching up with friends? This central city spot offers some of the best group dining in town

While Auckland has no shortage of exceptional eateries, few venues in the city boast the ability (and capacity) to host large groups with ease and efficiency without compromising on the dining experience, particularly with cuisine as delicious and satisfying as contemporary Chinese eatery Huami. We find ourselves turning to this SkyCity favourite time and time again for all manner of occasions — from birthdays and celebratory feasts to a convivial catch up with friends or simply a Sunday feast with the family, secure in the knowledge that we’re guaranteed to be well taken care of in a sumptuous space well adept at catering to larger numbers (without the admin and stress of entertaining at home).

Right: One of Huami’s private dining rooms
The Jade Dragon

If you do have a special occasion on the cards, diners can opt to book out the entire venue, vibrant bar space, or outdoor courtyard for larger events, with capacities of 130, 50, and 50 respectively. Or, for smaller, more intimate gatherings, three stunning private dining rooms are available, holding between 7-12 diners each. And if you find yourself heading to the city with a larger group for an impromptu feast, Huami is a more than perfect option, with the friendly staff always on hand to accommodate.

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No matter the space you select or your reason for visiting, Huami’s exceptional menu awaits, showcasing the very best of elevated Chinese cuisine. With a menu influenced by cooking styles from regional provinces across China, including Canton, Sichuan, Huaiyang, and Beijing, the clever team in the kitchen fuse traditional techniques with the freshest seasonal New Zealand produce to craft modern Chinese dishes that deliver on all fronts. From some of the city’s best Yum Cha to an incredibly diverse and extensive menu featuring the likes of handmade dim sum (served steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried), exceptional dumplings, wonton noodle soup, traditional wok-fried noodles, bang-bang chicken with spicy peanut sauce, and more, here, dishes are perfect for sharing, and promise big, bold and authentic flavours sure to satisfy.

Huami’s famous wood-fired duck

Speaking of the food on offer, it would be remiss of us not to mention Huami’s famous wood-fired duck. The first restaurant in New Zealand to have a commercial wood-fired duck oven (and boasting an entire room dedicated to its preparation), this dish has become the eatery’s specialty — with their bespoke oven infusing the succulent meat with unique fruit flavours you won’t experience elsewhere. Each duck cooks for 45 minutes, and while the fire is crafted from long-burning wood such as Kanuka (white tea tree), which adds a smokiness similar to that of Manuka, the true depth of flavour comes through in the addition of fruit orchard wood, such as plum, apple or feijoa — which adds a richness that elevates this dish to new heights.

Huami’s vibrant bar space

With a very well-stocked bar, always lively vibe, and the most central of locations, plus free parking for diners* — there are very few boxes Huami doesn’t tick. And given the cosy and convivial dining spaces on offer, there’s nowhere else we’d rather celebrate a milestone with friends.

Book your gathering here.

*available for a limited time, conditions apply


87 Federal Street
Auckland CBD


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