Celebrate Dad with the best places to dine this Father’s Day

Dad deserves many things this Father’s Day. A thoughtful gift, a clever card and (probably most appreciated post-lockdown) a day spent out of the house with no cooking or cleaning in sight. Whether a laid back lunch or a distinguished dinner is more his speed, enjoy stepping out as a family at one of these delicious spots.

What’s better than a Sunday roast with all the trimmings? One you don’t have to cook yourself, of course. The experts at Ostro have Father’s Day dining covered with their popular Sunday Roast menu, which sees classic dishes like roast pork belly and lamb shoulder complete with all the trimmings (think roast spuds and Yorkshire puds) for just $39pp. This offer also includes a Steinlager for Dad. Cheers to that. Book online here

Much like your dad, Depot offers an almost unmatched consistency and reliability that’s both comforting and impressive. It’s the perfect spot to park up and enjoy signature favourites such as the fish sliders, fresh oysters and truffle potato skins. Pair with a delicious drop for an ideal outing. Discover more here

Korean fried chicken from Soul

Trust Denizen Hospo Heroes nominee Soul Bar to have Father’s Day festivities wrapped up into a tasty package for you to simply enjoy. Sample their special three-course Father’s Day menu for lunch or dinner, with dishes such as must-try Korean fried chicken, prawn linguine and Snickers bar parfait on offer for just $55pp, plus little ones are looked after with a kids meal (including dessert) available for just $20pp. Book online here

The Poni Room
Treat Dad to the seafood feast of his dreams with Commercial Bay newcomer The Poni Room’s irresistible seafood platter. Enjoy half a crayfish, oysters, steamed mussels, prawns and signature dippings sauces for Sunday lunch or dinner (with availability on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well). Book ahead to avoid missing out by emailing hello@theponiroom.nz

Smoko Room at Sawmill
Reward a mini road trip to Leigh with a visit to the ever-popular Smoko Room at Sawmill. Boasting 15 beers on tap and a menu packed with delectable local seafood and sharing plates, this is the perfect place to soak up the sun with a glass of something good in hand. Discover more here

NSP’s new-look courtyard

Non Solo Pizza
While away your Sunday in style at beloved Italian institution NSP. Relish an afternoon spent relaxing with your nearest and dearest in their new-look courtyard, sampling delicious dishes from their updated menu. For just $55pp enjoy an Italian-inspired long lunch, including a frosty Peroni for Dad. Book online here

The Farmhouse
Those craving a taste of the countryside should look no further than idyllic Clevedon pitstop The Farmhouse. Dig into cakes and cabinet treats, scoops of homemade ice cream and sample fresh organic coffee. Stroll the walking track (dogs are welcome) and soak up the serenity. Discover more here

Jervois Steak House
For many, a steak is synonymous with a stand-out meal, so why not treat Dad to one of the best? Herne Bay’s Jervois Steak House are legends when it comes to cooking up prime cuts of meat, plus they do a damn good job of just about everything else, like chicken liver parfait, crispy calamari and whitebait fritters. Book online here

Grand Harbour

Grand Harbour
If the promise of fresh-from-the-steamer dim sim, fluffy pork buns and icy cold beer sounds simply perfect, go ahead and whisk your dad away to Grand Harbour. From 11am-3pm, the Viaduct stalwart churns out trolley after trolley of irresistible small plates made for sharing. Call (09) 357-6889 to make a reservation.

Little Creatures
Situated in a historic aircraft hanger and surrounded by tanks of beer, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place for those looking to kick back with a brew. As a working microbrewery, Little Creatures’ Hobsonville outpost offers up their famous pale ales and pilsners on tap, plus woodfire pizzas, burgers, ribs and sharing plates to boot. Discover more here

Piha Cafe
Embrace spring with a day trip to one of Auckland’s best beaches. Satisfy post stroll/swim/walk appetites with a visit to the iconic Piha Cafe. Enjoy a selection of tasty pizzas, burgers and homemade baking (with gluten-free options available).  Discover more here


Prefer to stay in? Try these top notch to-go options
– Try a special collection of exclusive Cazador treats (think venison fillet, house marinade and all the charcuterie classics) by pre-ordering one of their limited Father’s Day hampers for click and collect. Order online here

Lobster & Tap’s epic lobster kits with everything you need to create a tasty classic or hot buttered roll are available to pick up from Britomart. Prices start from $105 for six rolls. Add a case of MOA Genuine beer for $30. Order online here

– Sample Ostro’s finest seafood offerings via their seafood platter, including goodies such as poached banana prawns, Big Glory Bay salmon, kingfish crudo, oysters, whole crayfish, mussels plus all the trimmings for dipping. Pick up at Britomart. Priced at $150 and designed to feed 4-6 people. Order online here

– Or try one of Ostro’s famous roasts at home. Choose from pork belly, beef shortrib or lamb shoulder with potato gratin, seasonal sides and pecan pie. Prices start at $100, with the option to add a bottle of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir. Order online here

Ebisu and Azabu are serving up their very best sushi and sashimi platters, with a chef’s selection of the freshest seafood transformed into nigiri, rolls and hosomaki. Available to pick up from Ponsonby or Britomart. Prices start at $90. Order online here



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