Where To Go For A Great Crème Brûlée

By Cayley Nel
Crème brûlée

It’s creamy, it’s crunchy, it’s crème brûlée. There’s nothing better than watching the gentle tap of your spoon breakthrough that hard layer of caramelised sugar, revealing a smooth layer of custard. To experience the satisfaction for yourself, check out our crème brûlée recommendations below. 

Eight Restaurant

83 Symonds Street, Grafton
Eight's famed array of desserts, complete with crème brûlée

Ready, set, eat! Eight Restaurant at the Cordis offers a modern buffet made up of eight separate kitchens. From New York Style meat to fresh sashimi to chocolate fountains, this place has it all. Amongst an exquisite selection of desserts, you’ll spot small pots of crème brûlée. Delicately finished with a light layer of caramelised sugar, it provides just the right amount of sweetness while still leaving you with room to fill up on other treats – Yes, that means more fondue.  

The Churchill

396 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Located on level 20 of Queen Street’s Four Points by Sheraton, The Churchill provides a glamorous setting to enjoy an evening bite with a view. Centring its focus on gin and champagne, you may happen to taste a splash of alcohol in your dish. Titled the ‘Gin Crème Brûlée’, your dessert will do just that. Appealing to both your taste and sight, your desert comes aesthetically displayed in a small black skillet pot, on a white pate, accompanied by a vibrant assortment of seasonal poached fruit and pistachio biscotti.

Circus Circus

447 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden
Circus Circus' caramel crème brûlée

For over 24 years, Circus Circus has been at the heart of Mount Eden’s dining scene. While it’s quaint theatrical building may not be the newest thing on the block; their menu is far from out-of-date. Listed on their iconic dessert menu is a divine Caramel Crème Brûlée. Served in a white ramekin with a side of biscotti, you’ll be feeling ultra-sophisticated as you indulge in your sweet treat. The novelty of the dish continues, with the top layer of caramelised sugar finished off with flaming Sambuca. Yes, please! 

Vue Restaurant

8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD

Situated on the top floor of the Grand Mercure, Vue is another perfect choice for a luxurious dessert-night with a breath-taking view. While you may spend the majority of your evening admiring the cityscape, the restaurant interior also deserves a big round of applause. Inside, the room is decked out with modern blue and yellow sofa booths, artsy floral wallpaper, low hanging lights, and fresh white tables. Cosied up in this trendy environment, you can enjoy their magnificent Coconut Lime Crème Brûlée. The flavourful dish is presented inside an opened shaped black bowl, sprinkled with coconut flakes to provide that extra crunch. 

Ostro Brasserie & Bar

52 Tyler Street, Auckland CBD
Ostro's vanilla crème brûlée with strawberry daiquiri sorbet

Ostro Brasserie & Bar takes us back to the basics with their Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée. Torched to perfection and served in a white dish, you’ll likely find it hard to fault. In addition to its incredible flavours, Ostro’s harbourside views, simplistic seating, and large windows make it an ideal dining spot. If you’re coming for dinner too, their local oysters and lamb rack are two of their most popular choices before tackling the Crème Brûlée . 


Various Locations

Known for their jaw-dropping desserts, Miann owners Brian and Roselle, sure know how to whip up an insane crème brûlée. Although their flavours are continuously changing, you’re guaranteed to find a winning combination listed on their A la Carte Menu. Currently, their Crème Brûlée comes topped with strawberries, basil, and bay leaf, allowing each spoonful to be a whirl of flavour. This crowd-favourite is served in a ceramic bowl placed on top of a rustic plate – Leaving the taste to do most of the talking. 

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