Azabu Mission Bay

Dining agenda: Where to go and what to eat right now

As always in our fine city, there are a number of tasty happenings to have on your radar — sure to keep you entertained and satiated. From delectable weekday lunches to set menus, free wine tastings and more, we round up five things to add to your dining agenda right now.

1. Embrace the last of Summer at Azabu Mission Bay

With the promise of a hot, sunny weekend ahead, head East to Mission Bay for a long lunch at Azabu Mission Bay. With it’s park side outdoor dining and extensive menu of Azabu favourites including chicken yakitori from the robata grill, to tuna tostadas, or a selection of deliciously prepared sashimi. Finish the day with a walk, or even better a swim at the beach. The perfect way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

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2. Make for Sìso, where you’ll find a lunch deal worth checking out

That’s right, Sìso’s beloved Local’s Lunch is back and better than ever. Running 12pm — 3pm Wednesday through Friday, the entirely delicious offering features an entrée and main, plus a glass of Church Road wine, for a modest $45. From the famous crispy calamari with nduja mayo, lemon, and chilli oil, to the chicken Milanese topped with anchovy lemon butter and served with sautéed greens, here, there’s something for every taste and proclivity.

Left: Sìso’s Local Lunch. Right: Andiamo’s Celebratory Lunch Menu

3. Celebrate the start of autumn with Andiamo’s new set menu

Harnessing the spirit of autumn, Andiamo has created a celebratory lunch menu with the fabulous Vavasour wines in mind. Available now, and running for a limited time only, the seasonal set menu is available from Wednesdays to Sundays between 12pm and 3pm, and for a modest $40 per person, includes a glass of Vavasour’s award-winning 2023 Sauvignon Blanc on arrival, followed by two delicious courses showcasing the best of Andiamo’s ever-impressive fare.

4. Head immediately to Amano for their Hot Cross Buns

With Easter only weeks away, now is definitely the time to be getting your fill of our favourite festive treat. Amano Bakery‘s original and chocolate hot cross buns are, in our opinion, some of the very best in town. Best eaten fresh, and ideally straight from the oven. Be an early bird and get the first batch out of the oven (they open at 7am on the weekend). Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Left: ByTheBottle tastings. Right: Amano’s Hot Cross Buns

5. Enjoy a selection of stunning wines (for free) at ByTheBottle

Every Saturday, Mount Eden-based wine shop ByTheBottle hosts free tastings, with each shining a spotlight on a producer or style. This week, Marathon Downs will be in-store pouring their current releases and giving insight into their family-farmed, small-batch, unique hand-crafted wines.

6. Join Rooftop at QT’s Sunday Club, where delicious food & drink and convivial vibes collide

At Rooftop at QT’s Sunday Club, the magic of the weekend runs rife. Here, you’ll instantly forget Monday looms as you settle into a sun-soaked nook, enjoying $2 oysters and $99 bottles of G. H. Mumm Grand Cordon while the DJs set the mood.


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