The end of the week is here, and as the weekend stretches out before us, we thought it the perfect time to remind you of some of the excellent dishes and special foodie events happening over the next few days. From Sunday lunches to tasty pop-ups, these are the dining events to have on your radar for the weekend ahead.
Siso’s final Slow Sundays lunch
Don’t miss the last iteration of Siso’s beloved Slow Sundays lunch series, with the Remuera restaurant waving a final farewell to its mouth-watering menu of comfort food that has kept us so satiated over the last few months. Making way for more seasonally-appropriate offerings we’re sure, Siso’s delicious Sunday lunch has been the perfect antidote to winter’s inclement weather, and while we’re sad to see it go, we’ll happily raise a glass to it this weekend. (This is set to be popular so bookings are essential.)
Milenta launches Sunday Service
Starting this weekend, Milenta will be offering an essential service to those seeking a delicious Sunday lunch. Every Sunday, the clever chefs at this popular eatery will be whipping up Perro Calientes (South American hot dogs) alongside a raft of other tasty dishes to satiate any craving. Open from 12pm.
Homeland’s Friday Happy Hour
Celebrate the end of the working week the best way with Homeland’s utterly delicious Friday Happy Hour. From 4pm until 6pm today, this Viaduct Harbour restaurant will be serving a selection of elevated bar snacks like Pani Puri and three cheese polenta chips, alongside $10 tap beer, $14 signature gin-and-tonics and $18 cocktails.
Ada Sunday Lunch
Serving up flavoursome food and the perfect, end-of-week vibe, Ada’s take on the Sunday lunch is simple, delicious and memorable. Offering a five-course set menu, designed to share, this popular Grey Lynn restaurant is giving us the only excuse we need to get some friends together and see off the week in style. This week’s menu features dishes like smoked kingfish toast with mascarpone and mint, alongside beef short rib with ‘nduja, beetroot and walnuts, and includes a glass of prosecco on arrival. The set menu is $65 per person, and spots can be reserved here.
Cazador Saturday lunch
Rarely open outside its usual hours, lauded destination Cazador is hosting a one-off lunch this Saturday the 12th of November, with an exceptional three-course menu for $65 per person. The experience will start with one of Cazador’s signature charcuterie boards, followed by a delectable Fiordland Wapiti venison shoulder with goat’s curd, mint, chickpea, tomato, spinach, organic greens, asparagus and chilli, and end on a high note — with dark chocolate and brandy mousse. Bookings are essential and can be made here.
Zi Sweet cake pop-up at Kind Stranger Cafe
Whether you’ve ordered a cake from Zi Sweet before or not, you’ll likely be familiar with its decorative, colourful, eye-catching designs. Having garnered a huge following for its cakes that marry tasty flavours with vintage-inspired frosting in fun, unexpected colour combinations, Zi Sweet is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth, and this weekend, is popping up at Kind Stranger Cafe to serve cake by the slice. On from 8am until 2pm this Sunday (and next Sunday too), this is one pop-up you don’t want to miss.
Fundraiser’s Flour Power pop-up
Included in our recent November Dining Guide, this is a reminder that cake- and dessert-maestro Dali McDonald (of Fundraiser) is bringing his signature sweet treats to No.7 in a delicious pop-up on Saturday evening aptly called ‘Flour Power.’ Kicking off from 7pm and serving things like Basque cheesecake, Russian fudge shortbread and lemon citrus cake alongside cocktails and wine, this is just about the perfect way to end the week, we think.
Live music at Public Bar in Harbour Eats
Tonight and tomorrow evening, Public Bar (set in Commercial Bay’s Harbour Eats area) will be kicking the weekend into high gear with a lineup of DJs, bands and acoustic performers. Head to this sprawling, foodie destination from 4pm, sit back with a crisp beer or delicious cocktail and take in the rousing tunes and convivial, weekend atmosphere.
Newmarket Festival Italiano
Back and better than ever before, Newmarket’s Festival Italiano is set to take over the precinct this Sunday for a celebration of all things Italy. Marking a grand return for the event after two years of disappointing postponements, this year’s iteration features food and drink, music and performances, Italian cars, activities for the kids and more.