A new opening in Auckland never goes unnoticed in the Dish Cult office. Nothing is more exciting than making a reservation at the hot new spot in town, and we've done the hard yards to help you decide which new openings are worth your time and money.
Introducing a few new members to Auckland’s foodie scene, the best ones to make those winter dinner bookings!
(Cover Image: Ada Restaurant, Grey Lynn).
Daphnes Bar Taverna
Daphnes is a modern Greek bar taverna that excels in their creation of classic Greek dishes with a redefined twist. The menu evolves with the seasons to provide the freshest cuisine possible. When you visit you can choose between dining al la carte or if you’re with a larger group opt for the full Greek feast. Start simple with hummus and bread then slowly work your way up to the famous souvlaki. The options available range from the indulgent Wagyu beef and bone marrow, to lamb and tzatziki or the more adventurous dish; octopus and pinto beans. Daphnes also have a great range of Greek wines to complete your experience and transport you straight to a European summer paradise.
Double Double is simplicity at its finest. The brand-new coffee bar can be found in Elliot stables. They specialise in strong coffee and gourmet toasted sammies. While the menu is small – the flavours are not. Indulge in a light afternoon snack with their truffle and cheese sammie, made using truffle salt, gruyere bechamel and a mushroom paste. Or dig into the mortadella with swiss cheese, rocket, red pepper and mayo. There is also a chicken schnitzel sammie and a grilled eggplant for a real indulging treat. Gourmet toasted sandwiches and great coffee are the perfect companions for winter!
Bali Nights has created a delectable menu inspired by authentic Indonesian roadside delicacies – with a Balinese twist. The menu is divided into sharing, non-sharing and sambal waves. The sambal waves option is a delicious selection of spiced condiments that compliment the dishes perfectly. The sate ayam is a great dish to begin with, it offers a light introduction to the flavours ahead. The grilled chicken skewers are served with a peanut sauce. Pair this with the sambal mangga for the best of both worlds. Another amazing dish is the risoles; this is an Indonesian styled croquet, made with a chicken and vegetable ragout then wrapped in a crispy crumbed crepe.
Bar Magda has created an outstanding menu inspired by Filipino cuisine, using Aotearoa’s seasonal produce. The menu is split up into starters, something cold and something hot. The latter has options like the beef cheek, with a feijoa glaze and side of broccoli. You’ll also find lamb ribs (pyanggang) with courgette and green sambal. The cold menu is just as delicious! The preserved kohlrabi with rouille and saffron is light and refreshing. A heartier alternative is the grilled pork rillette served with horseradish and tobiko (Japanese flying fish roe).
Ada has already become a well-known restaurant in the short time the doors have been open. While the history of the building is enough to draw in a crowd, it’s the traditional Italian cuisine that keeps everyone coming back for more. Ada makes their own pasta in-house to capture the authentic and unforgettable taste. The ricotta cavatelli explodes with creamy flavour, made with cavolo nero, crème fraiche and pine nuts. While we love everything on the menu, it’s the pizza fritta’s that we can’t stop dreaming about. These are the best way to experience the original Neapolitan pizza, dough-y and deep fried. Ada currently has two pizza fritta options available; one with tomato, burrata and oregano and the other with ricotta, broccoli, garlic and lemon.
Picco Eatery strives to please the entire family with their new winter menu; serving up classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit in the morning for the egg’s benny or at night for their succulent eye fillet. Treat yourself to the crowd favourite, cannelloni with spinach, creamy ricotta, roasted tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Or try something new and exciting with the Manti; the Turkish inspired dumplings pairs spiced beef mince and onions, served with garlic yoghurt. Picco Eatery also has a separate menu dedicated to pizza, showcasing classics like the margarita and Hawaiian while also offering gourmet options such as the Picco; combining smoked chicken, prawns, roasted peppers, olives and mozzarella.