Three excellent reasons to pay Bar Magda a visit this month

One of our favourite eateries in the city, Bar Magda, is known for its exceptional new-wave Filipino fare (Carlo Buenaventura, Matthew Venables, and their clever team never miss), but a perhaps lesser-known fact about the K-Road hotspot is that they know how to put on a damn good party. In celebration of three great years in business, during which time they’ve firmly established themselves as one of Auckland’s most-loved venues, Bar Magda is hosting a month-long celebration filled with exceptional events not to be missed.

Right: FOUNDER OF BAYSIDE RUM CO. & BAR MANAGER AT AHI, EGOR PETROV

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To kick things off, Buenaventura has invited one of the city’s top mixologists, Ahi’s bar manager and founder of Bayside Rum Co., Egor Petrov, to join himself and Venables on the 14th of June to host an evening of convivial cocktails, fantastic fare, and a rousing DJ set inspiring revellers to make a night of it. We have all of the details here.

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GUEST CHEF FLOYD LYTTLE

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On June 21st, celebrate South Island flavours with a Filipino twist at Bar Magda’s *official* third birthday party. 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. Guests attending the dinner will also get a first taste of the new Bar Magda vintage. Tickets are $95 per 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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Left: Feijoa Sour. Right: Maja Blanca souffle

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As well as hosting these two epic events inspiring us to get out and about as winter rears its head, Bar Magda is also launching a hotly anticipated new menu, crafted to hero local producers, suppliers, and champion exceptional seasonal produce. Offering a more accessible take on the inventive fare Bar Magda has become known for, here you’ll find the likes of wild venison tartare with caramelised soy yogurt, preserved plum, and potato skin cracker, the ‘Magda Salad’ which we had the absolute pleasure of tasting last week (and can confirm it’s a must-try), featuring golden beets and persimmon with a delicious green goddess dressing and sweet lime citronette, and a Maja Blanca souffle with sweet corn and a caramelised coconut sherry sauce, alongside a host of exceptional new cocktails such as the Plum and Champagne Spritz, a heady Feijoa Sour, and a Saison rhubarb vermouth and grapefruit number that is perfectly tart and subtly sweet — the ideal drink to accompany the fantastic fare on offer.

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Kilaw od Hokkaido scallops
Tartare of wild venison
Pineapple Sour
Magda salad
Saison rhubarb vermouth
Roasted Celeriac


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