Winter comfort food at its finest, a hearty roast dinner is a failsafe remedy for these cold, dreary Sundays. Luckily for you, we’ve eaten our way around the city and narrowed it down to the top four roasts in Auckland so you can have a bite of the good stuff without having to lift a finger. Gravy bibs at the ready.
Grangers Tap House and Kitchen is serving up a hearty variation that’s set to knock your socks off this winter. The meats are given a seriously lavish treatment — think a whole, tender duck roasted to perfection, free-range pork belly or a garlic and anchovy studded leg of lamb — while the veggies combine comfort classics with innovative, culinary expertise to create mouth-watering variations that you won’t find elsewhere. All topped off, of course, with a fluffy Yorkie pud and a flavoursome river of gravy.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
For a divine iteration of any meat-centric meal The Grill should always be first on the list, but when it comes to the classic roast, this SKYCITY restaurant has turned it up a notch further. Indulge in their succulent slow-roast rib of Wakanui beef off the bone — doused in Béarnaise sauce and a decadent red wine just before being served up with an array of vegetables and topped off with a classic Yorkshire — for a divine elevation on the classic that you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.
The perfect Sunday remedy if there ever was one, waterfront brasserie Ostro has paired its fine Sunday roast with the ultimate hangover cure to medicinal effect. While the meat of choice is up for debate — with classic beef wellington or pork belly, Wakanui beef scotch or seared lamb rump making up the delicious medley — a swing by the Bloody Mary cart is a sure thing. With a constant stream of fresh, reviving elixirs being served, this tipple-laden trolley is set to have your morning-after crapulences disappearing in no time.
Jervois Steak House
With such kudos in the meat department already, it should come as no surprise that Jervois Steak House serves up a Sunday lunch that’s one to remember. Roast wakanui rump served alongside duck fat roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, roasted carrots in burnt honey and thyme and a glorious Yorkshire pud comprise this Sunday saviour. Those who like to indulge in their roast from the comfort of their own couch can opt for the takeaway option, just book your order online by 9pm the night before and choose your own pickup time — easy like a Sunday morning… or evening.