Auckland continues its reputation of four seasons in one day, with this weekend’s forecast set to be anything but warm and sunny (it is early August, though, so maybe this should be expected). Most can agree that on days like these, there are few things we’d rather do than cosy up in our favourite restaurants, indulging in some of Auckland’s best soul-warming food. Between new offerings that are the talk of the town and always-reliable old favourites, these are the three winter-warmer dishes we suggest going out and eating this weekend.
Pollo Agridulce from Movida
At the heart of MoVida’s mouthwatering, Spanish menu (a delicious series of tapas-style dishes that pack a seriously flavoursome punch), sits the Pollo Agridulce. This dish is, by all definitions, a winter warmer, where organic chicken is wet-roasted with Andalucian agri sauce and baby peppers, lending it some welcome extra heat.
Butternut Squash Risotto from Andiamo
Hearty, full of flavour and cooked to creamy perfection, Andiamo’s butternut squash risotto is the kind of dish that will cure any winter woe. Served with truffled burrata and roast-pumpkin brown butter and known to be dubbed by those who order it as “the best risotto I’ve had in my life,” this exceptional dish is an absolute must-try. (And is even better when enjoyed in Andiamo’s cosy dining room, near its open fireplace.)
Beef Short Rib from Inca Ponsonby
With a nod to the flavours of the season, the beef short rib from Inca’s Ponsonby outpost is a tender little morsel that simply begs to be shared. Here, quite intuitively, restauranteur Nic Watt has let the meat’s complex flavours carry the dish, with just a smear of yellow pepper miso glaze for spicy, umami heat and a handful of utterly moreish spiced roast cashew nuts to elevate the dish to delectable new heights.