There are plenty of tasty things to get excited about this August, from irresistible lunch specials to drag queen extravaganzas, sophisticated dinners to whisky and beer shindigs — and much more.
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A divine harvest dinner at Onemata
Let the talented team at Park Hyatt Auckland’s Onemata restaurant guide you through a truly delicious experience, celebrating the land and soil of Aotearoa with its upcoming harvest dinner in conjunction with lauded Waiheke winery Man O’ War. The sharing menu champions sustainable ingredients sourced from local farmers and growers, complemented perfectly with Man O’ War’s top drops. Expect charred octopus with beetroot and kawakawa; Korean-inspired kalbi short ribs, served alongside brown butter-roasted Brussels sprouts and pomme puree with black truffle — plus decadent desserts. This meal will take you on a journey through three divine courses and five wine matches. Thursday 19th August, 6pm. Tickets are $140 per person. For bookings and enquiries, contact Aimee Tuck on 09 366 2500 or [email protected]
A tempting aperitivo offering at Kingi
When an early evening drink is on the agenda, make a beeline for Kingi to try its newly-launched aperitivo hour. Pouring vermouth and tonic spritzes, cold drip negroni and dirty martinis for $15 and under, alongside its famous flatbreads with an array of enticing toppings — this is the perfect post-work or pre-dinner pit stop. Seven days a week from 4pm — 6pm. Walk-ins welcome.
An unforgettable evening at Culprit’s Trolley Dollies
For a naughty night out, look no further than Culprit’s one-off Trolley Dollies event. Part of the Restaurant Month schedule, guests will enjoy six deliciously inventive courses, fizz on arrival and hilarious entertainment from none other than RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Anita Wigl’it and friends. With tickets selling fast, you’d best be quick to secure your seat. Wednesday 4th August, 5.30pm — 7.30pm. Book your tickets here.
A pinot palooza on the waterfront
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply just partial to a good drop, Pinot Palooza is the place to be this August. There are 150 different Pinot Noirs on tasting from the likes of Butterworth Estate, Amisfield, Cloudy Bay, Akarua and much, much more. Pinot Palooza offers the perfect opportunity to grow your knowledge on old favourites, and discover new gems in the process. Friday 6th August 4.30pm — 8.30pm and Saturday 7th August, 11am — 3pm. Tickets are $65 per person and include festival entry, wine glass, chat sessions and all wine tastes. Book your tickets here.
Eating The Italian Alps with Gavin Doyle and Giapo Grazioli
Soul Bar & Bistro is ready to transport you to the Italian Alps with two of Auckland’s finest culinary talents, executive chef Gavin Doyle and ice-cream connoisseur Giapo Grazioli. After being greeted with glowing fires and canapés, explore heart-warming Northern Italian cuisine with a four-course sharing feast with wine pairings, across convivial communal tables. Complete the evening with a never-before-seen-or-tasted icy treat from Giapo. Thursday 12th August, 6pm. Tickets are $160 per person including arrival canapés, four-course sharing style menu with matching wines, plus San Pellegrino and Aqua Panna. There are only a few seats left. Email the Soul team at [email protected] to secure yours. More information can be found here.
An irresistible ramen special at Azabu Mission Bay
It’s no secret that we’re partial to a steaming, slurp-worthy bowl of ramen — so we were positively chuffed to hear Azabu Mission Bay has added this comfort food staple to its menu for the first time. The new lunch special includes your choice of Hakata-style ramen (pork, chicken and vegetarian versions are available), alongside edamame, gyoza and a Suntory Toki Highball or Asahi Super Dry — all for the pretty price of just $39. Available from 12pm — 4pm, Wednesday to Friday, for a limited time. Book your table here.
A dinner with a difference at Mr Morris
For a meal that leaves both your body and soul satisfied, make a date with Mr Morris. The Britomart favourite’s next Dine by Donation Dinner is coming up this August, this time supporting The Women’s Refuge. Suppliers and staff donate their produce and time to create an exceptional set menu (previous iterations have included the likes of Ora King salmon with tamarind and shiso, and pork loin with potato, watercress and apple). Diners make a donation to meet the recommended price point threshold — although donations beyond this amount are always encouraged. Monday 23rd August, 6pm — 8pm. Find more information here.
A local beer and whisky shindig at Hallertau
Hallertau is throwing a shindig this month with Local Folk & Smoke, a three-course dinner matched to Hallertau beer and Thomson Whisky. In celebration of the brewery and distillery’s recent Thomson Whisky Barrel-Aged Stout collaboration, the evening promises hearty and delicious fare from the smoker, quality yarns from hosts Matt Thomson and Steve Plowman, plus a knife sharpening class. Friday 6th August, 7pm at Hallertau Riverhead and Friday 13th August, 7pm at Hallertau Clevedon. Tickets are $120 per person. Book your tickets here.
New openings to try
Alta, Karangahape Road: Situated on the site formerly occupied by natural wine bar Clay, Alta is the new venture from chef/owner Georgia van Prehn. An intimate, sophisticated 22-seater space, Alta’s boundary-pushing set menu is unlike any other on K’ Road.
Street Feast Hall, Titirangi: Street Feast is the new modern food hall in The Rise development, bringing together seven of the best independent street food operators to Titirangi. From burgers and tacos to Vietnamese fare and Columbian cuisine, Street Feast is well on its way to accomplishing its goal of claiming Titirangi’s place as the foodie capital of West Auckland.
Kneads All Day, Hobsonville: A brand new daytime eatery specialising in unique brunch fare and house-made baked goods, Kneads All Day is the latest hospitality proposition from the team behind successful ventures including Parnell’s Winona Forever and Rude Boy Deli in the CBD that harnesses the same formula of tasty, of-the-moment dishes and a contemporary, design-led interior.
Atelier Shu, Parnell: A beautiful, gallery-like patisserie with a minimal yet welcoming interior, Atelier Shu takes classic European-style pastries and infuses them with irresistible, pan-Asian flavours.