If you’re looking to try something a little new or different, why not take a short trip around the world with these 10 international restaurants?
Taste the flavours of the world without venturing too far from home. Experience the international food scene in Auckland from the vibrancy of Asian flavours to the traditional comfort food of Western Europe. Whatever your cuisine preferences, we’ve got lots of ideas for your next meal out.
Voted 2014 Metro Magazine ‘Restaurant of the Year Supreme Winner’, this is not just your average sushi bar. Masu’s concept is based on grilling food on the ‘robota grill’ or fireside cooking. The grill is the heart of the restaurant and helps to create authentic Japanese cuisine which, coupled with the extensive wine and sake list, help to create a memorable dining experience.
Mediterranean cuisine is all about fresh produce, rich flavours and good quality wine. Pescado ticks all the boxes, serving Mediterranean flavours using fresh local ingredients. Whether you stop in for some tapas to share or for a long leisurely meal accompanied by Spanish and New Zealand wines, you will be delighted by the quality and selection of food on offer.
As one of the few dedicated Latin American establishments in Auckland, Besos Latinos offers exotic flavours from the well-known taco to dishes from Uruguay and Colombia. Located in the popular Elliot Stables, this Latin American establishment is growing in popularity by the day.
The name says it all – modern, funky Indian dining in a fun and relaxed setting. This is not just a curry restaurant. Instead you will find a menu focused on Bombay street food, with everything from sliders and pizza to Vada Pav and Samosa Chat. Urban Turban also offers bottomless curries including the classic butter chicken.
Vietnamese food is known for its fresh herbs and flavours and Café Hanoi is no different. The variety of herbs and spices help create some outstanding dishes that are light and fragrant Read Full Report. Café Hanoi focuses on shared plate and street food concepts, offering crowd pleasers such as Summer Rolls and Wontons. For something more luxurious try the pork belly or the Moreton Bay bugs.
For the flavours of South East Asia, Monsoon Poon is a one stop shop. A personal favourite is the Little Dragon Tacos – a spicy concoction of deliciousness wrapped up in a soft roti shell. The restaurant is always packed, and with Asian inspired décor you feel as if you’re sitting in a restaurant in South East Asia. This restaurant is a particularly great place for vegetarian dining, with many meat free options on the menu.
For relaxed, family style dining, you can’t beat Ima Cuisine. Ranked on the Metro Magazine Top 50 Restaurant List, this Middle Eastern restaurant serves up unique flavours and dishes whilst maintaining its strong identity in an increasingly international restaurant scene. Order your dishes to share with your table and tuck into some delicious traditional Israeli offerings such as Mezze, Brik and Lamb Kibeh.
Spanish cuisine is very fashionable in the Auckland food scene at the moment. At La Zeppa, the set menu is the way to go, offering a selection of tapas so you can experience the variety of flavours on offer. The set menu will also help you to expand your horizons and get out of your comfort zone by allowing you to try dishes you normally wouldn’t choose. This is the perfect location to bring a group of friends and spend a leisurely time dining and catching up.
Belgian flavours are beginning to take off in New Zealand, and The Occidental with its pub like atmosphere is a great no fuss dining experience. Belgium produces some of the world’s greatest beer and The Occidental features a fine selection including Hoegaarde, Leffe and Belle-Vue Kriek. If you’re a little confused about what Belgian food encompasses, think steamed mussels, spare ribs, traditional frites and Belgian waffles to finish. The Occidental also features a decadent selection of Belgian chocolates.
For some traditional Italian food like mama used to make, you can’t ignore Baduzzi. Serving Italian favourites and specialising in meatballs, Baduzzi offers an inviting yet unpretentious atmosphere. This is also an establishment where you can bring the family, the bambinos will enjoy the kids’ menu and children’s activities leaving the adults to enjoy a quality dining experience.