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A world of flavor in the heart of Auckland

From freshly sliced sashimi dipped in soy and touched with a flash of fiery-hot wasabi, to a thick juicy steak perfectly cooked and complimented with a well suited glass of delicious red wine, the world of fine dining is as wide as it is wondrous – making it an absolute pleasure to explore.   

Seated in the heart of Auckland is SkyCity, the only venue in the city where those looking to take their taste buds on an unforgettable gastronomical adventure will be greeted with an impressively wide selection of New Zealand’s finest restaurants, each one boasting a truly international platter of fine dining options.

Masu Japanese Robata Restaurant and Bar

Originating many centuries ago in Northern Japan by fishermen who used to cook around an open hearth, the traditional Robata style of Japanese cuisine has evolved into a truly world class dining phenomenon. Literally translated as ‘fireside cooking’, Robata styled cooking centers around retaining the natural flavors of the food through grilling on a Robata Grill. Masu incorporates the two quintessential qualities that define Japanese cuisine – a passion for flavor and an unwavering dedication to detail – which, when merged with a contemporary approach to the formal Japanese dining experience, the results in an unforgettable fusion of flavor. Whilst Japan is generally renowned for its rigid adherence to formality, the setting in Masu is at once lively and laid back, yet it lacks nothing in terms of sophistication. The menu offers a broad and bold offering of authentic Japanese cuisine prepared from the finest and freshest local ingredients.

The Grill by Sean ConnollyMeat…Kiwi Style

The Grill by Sean Connolly offers an authentic New Zealand dining experience. This Auckland restaurant boasts an à la carte menu that will have both meat and seafood lovers smacking their lips in anticipation. Diners can choose from a mouthwatering selection of locally inspired Kiwi cuisine that is prepared using ingredients that are sourced exclusively through specially selected New Zealand suppliers. Simplicity and authenticity are the values this relaxed and unpretentious restaurant aspires toward maintaining. Its winning combination of serving up only the tenderest pasture fed meat and locally acquired, sustainable seafood alongside a fine selection of New Zealand’s best wines, makes it a great venue for anyone looking to enjoy deliciously prepared food shared with good people.

The Sugar Club – Auckland’s Finest Fusion Cuisine

The Sugar Club restaurant at the top of Auckland's Sky Tower The Sugar Club provides a sumptuous solution to the Eastern cuisine versus Western Cuisine dilemma many diners find themselves confronted with when planning a night out. Bringing together the best of both Asian and European flavors, The Sugar club stands at the very pinnacle of the Auckland fine dining scene – literally. Situated 53 floors above the city, diners can sit back and savor the stunning cityscape whilst enjoying a specially crafted menu designed to both seduce and excite the taste buds with a unique combination of fused flavors. Brunch is one of the best times to go as diners can get their mouths around intriguing flavor combinations such as their signature Turkish Eggs with Chili Butter as well as Banana Pecan stuffed French Toast.

Bellota – A Taste of Spain

A taste of Spain awaits within the warm, lively walls of this award winning Tapas eatery. Bringing the best of Spanish cuisine together with a strong Mediterranean influence and locally sourced ingredients, diners at Bellota can look forward to an evening of flavors from afar afield as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Pamplona and the Basque country. Great wines accompanied by dishes as seductive as warm roasted olives with herbs and garlic, a platter of mouthwatering cheeses and spiced Spanish sausage and ham as well as all the classic Tapa’s toppings all come together to make for an unforgettable Spanish dining experience.

The Jade Dragon Express – Modern and classic Chinese Cuisine

Jade Dragon, a typical yum cha restaurant in the heart of AucklandYum Cha is the traditional Cantonese culinary practice of enjoying varied steamed and fried dim sum (dumplings) over brunch or lunch. The Jade Dragon doesn’t disappoint in its authentic oriental offering of flavorful and exotic Yum Cha. Offering a menu of both modern and classic Chinese cuisine, diners here will marvel at the sheer variety of dishes on offer. From Wok fried crayfish with ginger and spring onions to the timeless classic of authentically prepared Peking duck, those looking for an explosion of Eastern flavor will not be disappointed.

Depot – Fresh From The Sea

“In season, beautifully cooked and to be enjoyed with friends” – That’s the Depot maxim that anyone who drops in to enjoy their fresh seasonal seafood masterfully prepared over charcoal or hard wood will discover to their delight. Chef Al brown has included many of his top picks in the wine list which make for the perfect accompaniment to freshly shucked oysters. For seafood lovers, Depot is a must visit hot spot that will not fail to deliver on flavors fresh from the sea.

For locals and travellers alike, wondering what to do in Auckland is a question that need not result in a lengthy process of deliberation. Why not head down to SkyCity and take your taste buds on an exploration of the world’s leading cuisines from the city’s’ best restaurants?

Kia mākona.

Photo credits: SKYCITY Auckland (www.skycityauckland.co.nz)

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