It’s hard to believe that we’re already in May. But with another month comes a new round of fresh foodie happenings on Auckland’s thriving dining scene. From Mother’s Day extravaganzas to burger pop-ups to the highly-anticipated re-openings of two of the City’s most beloved restaurants, we have rounded up five delicious foodie happenings to keep firmly on your radar for the month ahead.
Book your table for Mother’s Day now
With Mother’s Day fast approaching (on Sunday the 14th of May), it’s high time we all secured our spots at some of the best restaurants around Auckland to celebrate Mum in the manner she truly deserves. From specialty menus to flutes of champagne, this year, many of Auckland’s best dining destinations are pulling out all the stops to ensure you can treat your Mum to a delicious afternoon. See our definitive guide to Mother’s Day dining, here.
Soul Bar & Bistro is back
After a few weeks of being closed for essential kitchen renovations, Viaduct Harbour stalwart Soul Bar & Bistro will officially reopen its doors from 11am on Monday the 8th of May. With a fresh kitchen and a series of utterly delicious new seasonal dishes to sit alongside signature Soul favourites, there’s no better time to secure a spot on Soul’s famous front terrace and take in the sparkling Viaduct Harbour scenery while enjoying a new-menu dish and a convivial tipple. In fact, if you want to be one of the first to experience Soul’s new menu, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity. Book with haste, we say. (More details to come soon.)
Memo Cakery Opens
Having recently launched with a mouth-watering line-up of soft, spongy and flavourful cakes, Memo is the new spot to book your celebration centrepieces. This new micro-cakery specialises in simple, ready-to-order options with flavours that are original and nostalgic like white chocolate and feijoa, dark chocolate almond, strawberry red velvet cheesecake, tiramisu cake, and ube cheesecake. These core flavours will apparently be always available, with different specials added to the line-up each month. Watch this space.
2023 Gambero Rosso ‘Tre Bicchieri’ Wine Lovers Tasting
The highly anticipated Tre Bicchieri Worldtour — Special Edition by Gambero Rosso is coming to Auckland this coming Friday, the 12th of May, showcasing 13 prominent Italian wineries and offering over 50 premium Italian wines to taste. Attendees, including an exclusive cohort of wine enthusiasts, can enjoy exclusive masterclasses led by a Gambero Rosso wine taster and judge, affording a unique opportunity to explore award-winning Italian wines without the need to travel to Italy. Tickets are essential, and can be booked here.
Having relocated to SkyCity following persistent issues with flooding at their original Fort Lane site, Sid Sahrawat’s lauded restaurant Cassia is set to open the doors to its brand-new restaurant on Friday the 12th of May. And while we don’t yet know all the details, we have been watching the space slowly take shape on Cassia’s Instagram, excited for the beginning of a new chapter for what has long been one of our favourite restaurants. With bookings open Friday the 12th of May and beyond, we recommend securing your spot now to be one of the first to experience Cassia in its fresh new home.