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From delicious new menus to unmissable events, our June Dining Guide has everything to eat, drink and enjoy this month

There is a plethora of tasty delights for foodies to enjoy this June — each the perfect, indulgent antidote to these cold winter days. From charity fundraisers to pop-up dinners to culinary collaborations, this is everything happening on Auckland’s dining scene this month.

Bivacco’s Truffle season dinner

Celebrate the arrival of truffle season at Bivacco

Celebrate the arrival of winter truffle season with an exquisite evening featuring Terra Sancta wines and Organic King’s Truffles from North Canterbury. On Wednesday 12th of June, enjoy canapés and four courses curated by Executive Chef Chris Rendell, highlighting freshly shaved Périgord Truffles, including delectable dishes such as chicken liver profiteroles, hand-cut pasta with freshly shaved truffle, and a stand-out duck and truffle pie. Terra Sancta Winemaker Andrew Keenleyside will guide guests through a series of award-winning wines, including the acclaimed Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir.

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Ben Bayly at Origine

Dine out and do good at Origine

Origine’s Ben Bayly has partnered with the Young Onset Dementia Collective, raising awareness and funds for the impactful charity. After being immensely moved by the stories of volunteers and carers during the filming of his show, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, which charts eight people living with dementia opening a restaurant under the guidance of Bayly, the chef dreamt up the ‘Dining for Dementia’ concept. The inaugural fundraising event will take place on Sunday, June 9th at Origine, where guests will be treated to an incredible bespoke menu (and the chance to be on TV), with 100% of net profits going to Dining For Dementia, with Origine then matching that amount.  

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Dear Jervois by Night

Experience Dear Jervois by Night 

Running across the entire month of June, every Friday and Saturday, Dear Jervois’ dinner series ‘Dear Jervois by Night’ is sure to inspire indulgence. Bringing the passion and creativity of the eatery’s owners to life, the dinners will highlight traditional Mediterranean fare (straight from ‘Mama’s kitchen’), bringing a fresh offering to the Herne Bay favourite. Here, you’ll find the likes of Manti, a staple which marrys tangy homemade tomato sauce and savoury lamb and beef dumplings, balanced beautifully by a yogurt sauce, served alongside fresh falafel, grilled skewers, and a beautiful market fish with herby tahini sauce.

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Everybody Eats x Panacea & Bayside Rum Co. Evening

Enjoy an evening with Everybody Eats, Panacea, and Bayside Rum Co.

Our favourite rum company, Bayside Rum Co., has teamed up with Cal Ross of Panacea and the amazing Everybody Eats charity for an evening of rum, cocktails, and good food on the 12th of June. Guests will be treated to a journey through the distillation of rum, hosted by Egor Petrov, with Cal Ross crafting an epic series of rum-themed cocktails. Everybody Eats is preparing tapas to enjoy throughout the evening, with all proceeds from the event going towards the amazing work Everybody Eats is doing in reducing food waste in New Zealand. Tickets are $100, and are limited to only 30 guests, so get in quick.

To secure your spot, email the team at Panacea

Sìso’s Remuera-based eatery

Make for Sìso, where an indulgent lunch awaits

Celebrate truffle season at Sìso throughout June with the eatery’s delectable ‘Shuffle in for a Truffle lunch’ offering. From June 5th, enjoy a glass of Church Road Series wine paired with the likes of burrata with truffle artichoke purée, or beef tartare with freshly grated truffle — with truffles head chef Michael has dug for himself at Ohiwa Truffle Farm, adding a special touch to this culinary experience. Available from 12pm – 3pm, Wednesday through Sunday, the bespoke lunch is $55 per person, which includes a glass of wine and a two-course, truffle-themed menu.

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Celebrate Bar Magda’s third birthday with Guest chef Floyd Lyttle

Join us in celebrating Bar Magda’s third birthday

On June 21st, celebrate South Island flavours with a Philippino twist at Bar Magda’s third birthday. Guest chef Floyd Lyttle, renowned for his work at Michelin-starred restaurants and head chef of Christchurch’s lauded daytime bistro, Miro, joins Carlo to offer a four-course sharing feast, blending typically southern dishes with Southern Filipino flair. On the food front, Grey Lynn Butchers are supplying top quality cuts, while, when it comes to the drinks, a number of niche producers are showcasing the very best of the South Islands’ unique landscape — from Mineral & Bryterlater Wines to Great Little Vineyards & Rockferry Wines, Cahns Wines & Moko Hills, Unkel Wines, and the much-loved Brood Fermentation. Tickets are $95per person, and matching wines are $50 per person if purchased before the event, or $60 per person on the evening. In typical Magda fashion, a DJ will hit the decks from 10pm to get the (birthday) party started.

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Candela’s new winter menu

Celebrate the season with Candela’s new winter menu

K-Road favourite Candela has unveiled its winter menu, with a focus on quintessentially Spanish comfort food, bold red wines, textural white wines, and fresh cocktails with a modern Spanish approach. The eatery, which highlights the best of contemporary Spanish fare, has recently had its ICEX Restaurants of Spain Certification renewed by the Spanish government, solidifying its standing as an eatery recognised internationally for using authentic ingredients and guaranteeing quality, a feat evident on the new menu which sees modern takes like trevally ceviche with aji amarillo and kumara crisp served alongside familiar favourites such as patatas bravas and lamb belly pintxo with mojo verde.

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QT Rooftop’s Winter Garden

Relish the season at QT Rooftop’s Winter Garden

Experience a luminous Wintergarden at Rooftop at QT, transformed in partnership with Perrier-Jouët for nine magical weeks across winter. Enjoy Champagne tastings, including Perrier-Jouët Brut NV and Belle Époque Rosé, paired with a special canapé menu by Executive Chef James Laird. Participate in guided Champagne tasting flights, from the ‘Taste of Nature’ featuring a refined trio of Blanc de Blancs, Brut and Rosé, to the ‘Enchanted Discoveries’ experience which offers five pours in full flight, including Perrier-Jouët’s very special Belle Époque and Belle Époque Rosé, delivered tableside in a Perrier-Jouët enchanted tree. This is one celebration you don’t want to miss.

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Advieh’s Afternoon Debrief

Debrief the day at Advieh

Fast becoming one of our go-to spots for weekend brunch, a delicious dinner, or a casual drink post-work, Advieh does it all, and does it all well. Now, Advieh is encouraging city-siders to knock off early, ditch the water cooler talk, and indulge in the ‘Afternoon Debrief’, where a number of exceptional drinks specials are on offer. Running Monday to Friday, from 3pm until 5pm, you’ll find a $15 cocktail of the week, $12 wine of the week — showcasing exceptional producers at an unmatched price, and $9 Sawmill Brewery beers.

Book a table, here, or just turn up at 3pm and grab a seat.

The Runholder, photo: Sam Cameron

Visiting Martinborough? The Runholder’s new menu is a must

As winter approaches, The Runholder invites you to cosy up beside the fire with its new seasonal à la carte menu. Savour dishes like roasted baby beets with stracciatella, and grilled pork cutlet with fermented chilli, or for groups, enjoy sharing plates of lamb shoulder or wagyu t-bone. With a delectable Sunday roast set-menu lunch and a Guided Tasting Experience featuring iconic wines and Martinborough’s original Lighthouse Gin, there’s plenty to keep you entertained and satiated over the cooler months.

Azabu Mission Bay

Get crafty at Azabu Mission Bay

Every Thursday and Saturday from June 13th to July 17th, Azabu Mission Bay is hosting a series of intimate workshops in collaboration with Seedlip, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the beautiful, ancient Japanese tradition of Kintsugi. Attendees will be offered a broken item and the tools and materials to repair it, adding their own, unique touch, while enjoying four no or low-alcohol Seedlip Cocktails, paired with a delightful Omakase menu created by Azabu Executive Chef Darren Johnson, offering a unique way to catch up with friends, or just the promise of something different and interesting.

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Indulge in Somm’s Marie Zelie dinner

Join Winemaker Paul Mason as he releases his fourth vintage of Marie Zelie on Tuesday June 18th at Somm Cellar Door. Paul will be joined by Jeff Poole of Fine Wine Delivery Company to host a four-course dinner paired with current and vintage Marie Zelie and Martinborough Vineyard wines, as the duo delve into the history and heritage of the makers.

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