There's nothing more exciting than visiting a new opening in Auckland. Knowing there's a newbie on the scene is something we just can't ignore. To help with the overwhelming amount of new spots popping up, we've narrowed it down to the top five openings you need to visit this month..
Despite only having their grand opening barely two weeks ago, it's almost impossible to not have heard of Onslow yet. The anticipated new eatery is the brainchild of husband and wife duo, Josh & Helen Emett. Securing a bosting spot in the new International Building on Princes Street, the restaurant tells the story of Josh's journeys across London, New York, and Aotearoa, as well as carrying the history of Helen & Josh's British and Kiwi roots. The space has a timeless feel to it, with a calm luxurious dining room allowing pockets of privacy for each table, but also featuring an open kitchen to peer in to and catch a glimpse of the experienced chefs.
On the menu, you'll find rich decadent pieces such as the Fiordland Crayfish Eclair and the Slow Cooked Free Range Pork Belly juxtapositional to softer items such as the Kingfish Crudo and Big Glory Bay Salmon Gravadlax on rye. Naturally, it wouldn't be a Josh Emett venture without an inviting dessert menu and wine list – all of which Onslow checks off the list.
Bookings are now officially open for Onslow; don't miss out on being one of the first few to experience the magic.
One thing Kiwis love – a great pub with good food and even better brews. Churly's has opened up shop in Mount Eden, working alongside Behemoth Brewing Company to create a brewpub to sit, drink beer, eat some meat from the in-house butchery, and have a good time with your mates. Set up in the centre-point of Auckland, Churly's wants to be accessible to all, allowing the perfect meeting spot between north, east, south, and west. The relaxed set up features an open kitchen to marvel at the chefs or unwind at a neighbouring table for a bit more privacy.
The menu does their butchery justice, with items such as the Cuban Sandwich with house-brined & smoked free-range Farmgate ham and pork shoulder, and the Housemade sausage arriving in an Il Forno Baguette. There are vegan and vegetarian options too (including beet carpaccio and mushroom tacos), to keep the whole table happy.
Bookings for Churly's are now available for your next catch-up over fresh brews and good food.
Previously bringing us the delectable Fields Cafe, Percy, and Spectra in Commercial Bay, the WooZoo Hospitality Group has opened their fourth addition to the towering cafe ring with Filly Cafe. Opening in The Terrace at Sylvia Park, you can expect the same great food, service, design, and ambience as the other three beloved eateries. Filly brings a colourful pop of atmosphere into the newly developed section of the mall, taking Sylvia Park's rich history of farmland and conveying it in an abstract form, resulting in a dream aesthetic and a well-rounded menu to match.
The menu is well thought-out, with multiple features to each dish. Catching our eye is always the chilli scrambled eggs, seen across the WooZoo Groups menus from time to time, as well as the Filly Cheesesteak and Filly Frenchie with matcha soaked brioche. The all-day menu boasts a wide range of sweet, savoury, vegetarian and meat-lover meals, complete with Atomic Coffee, house-made sodas, and smoothies to enjoy from open to close.
Pop in and pay Filly a visit, and check out their full menu in their story highlights.
From the masterminds of Orphans Kitchen & Daily Bread, kingi is the new Britomart eatery on the radar. Gathering attention right from the start, kingi is already climbing to new heights as a day-to-night eatery specialising in what they love the most – seafood. Celebrating New Zealand seafood, the restaurant harbours a chic interior with a sleek, refined menu to match; mainly comprised of local, sustainably sourced produce. Picture cosy wood-burning fireplaces, marbled tabletops, cool lighting, and the exposed brick of The Hotel Britomart, and there you have kingi.
The morning menu kicks off each day with exciting dishes including Kūmara tortillas, Mushroom bolognese with buffalo curd, and the beloved Southland cheese roll, as well as rounds of coffees, tea, and breakfast cocktails. The evening menu consists of three sections – Antipasti involving
octopus carpaccio and hot smoked Kahawai, a raw bar featuring Chatham Island Kina on toast, and an a la carte menu of crayfish rolls, blue cod buttermilk wings, and the Kingi Burger. A fine wine list of local and international wines helps to tie the entire experience together beautifully.
Book into kingi for a night of the freshest seafood and finest service.
The wait is almost over for the newest Browns Bay eatery. Azul will be opening this Saturday 31st October, bringing the flavours from the world stage to little old New Zealand. Taking inspiration from the coastal lines of the world, Azul has been designed to transport you to your favourite holiday destination – think the Mediterranean, island hopping in Greece, a charming little bistro in Croatia. The pops of vibrant blue throughout the eatery, as well as the priceless sea views of Browns Bay really set the scene in creating an alternative experience, one in which we're not confined to the boundaries of 2020.
The menu is naturally a seasonal one, sculpting to fit the local and seasonal produce of New Zealand, and then bringing those simple ingredients to life with their natural flavours shining through. Oysters, lobster, fresh fish, tapas, and a wide range of beverages to cheers with. Each visit to Azul will bring a new experience, with the assurance of a great visit and superb ambience each and every time.
For all the details on the grand opening, check out Azul here.