After Auckland's past few months in isolation, it's safe to say a few celebrations may have been put on hold. Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and new arrivals, all postponed in anticipation of this very week. We've rounded up the best places to celebrate those belated moments and create lasting memories – we're talking grand celebrations of the highest quality.
Go straight to the top with a booking at SidArt. Known city-wide, SidArt is a status of fine dining in Auckland with unmatched service and food. Created and run by chef and restaurateur Sid Sahrawat, and his wife Chand, SidArt continuously remains on top in the Auckland dining scene since opening in 2009. Showcasing the best New Zealand produce, SidArt marries contemporary Indian flavours with Kiwi food for a unique and exquisite menu, with a wine list to match.
Known and beloved by so many in and around New Zealand, a visit to Cibo is a tick off the bucket list. Their red-rose wall and shiny white booths are the first features to capture your eye, before taking notice of all the small quirky details of the fine dining restaurant. Doubling as a wedding venue in their busy season, Cibo does not cut corners on experience. Their menu is long, with signature dishes that regulars have come to know and love – simply ask your server for some guidance and they'll be more than happy to help you navigate your meal choice.
Freshly opened, Scandal in Ponsonby takes over the infamous corner of Ponsonby Road and Hepburn Street welcoming you into Ponsonby Precinct. Perfectly representing the great eateries that line Ponsonby Road, Scandal combine great food and a great atmosphere to create a memorable experience (in a good way of course). Their Asian fusion menu is seasonal to make the most of the best produce available, best enjoyed with one of their curated cocktails mixed up by their friendly bartenders.
A beautifully decorated eatery, soaked by the Saint Heliers Bay sun, and dressed by the sea air scent – La Fourchette is the perfect spot for an upgraded brunch or lush late lunch. Baking their own pastries and cabinet treats, opt for a French classic of a croissant, pan au Chocolat, or macaron, or go a la carte with their authentically-crafted menu, complete with a cocktail section.
New kid on the block, Trocadero has opened this brand new doors on Queen Street as part of the Airedale Boutique Suites. With a fine focus on supporting New Zealand produce and businesses, almost everything (down to the alcohol) is locally-sourced. Enjoy their modern Kiwi cuisine in their grand dining room, lusciously fitted with soft velvets and weighty ornaments, all selected to elevate your dining experience – down to the smallest touch.
Sugar At Chelsea Bay
More on the causal side of the celebratory dining, Sugar At Chelsea Bay is open and ready to play host to your celebrations. Situated on Chelsea Bay, with an expanding view of Auckland Harbour, the location alone propels Sugar to the top of our favourite spots in Auckland list. Dine on eatery classics with a gourmet twist, such as their French toast, eggs Benedict (three ways), and southern fried chicken, as well as an array of eye-catching sugary cabinet treats, all made on site of course.