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Jared Donkin

We visit Andiamo with Loic

In Italian, the word Andiamo grab’s attention by encouraging you to get moving or to put it not so lightly, to hurry up! This Auckland eatery both demands your attention and deserves it. Boasting a fresh, Italian style menu, Andiamo sits proudly in the neighbourhood of Herne Bay and has been serving the decadence of Italy for more than three decades. Though for a short period this much loved space briefly became The Halcyon, after a swift acquisiton by Nourish Group in 2018, Andiamo was reinstated to its former glory (to many cheers from the community who had missed it!). Both a local eatery and neighbourhood watering hole, Andiamo caters to the busy clientele of Jervois Road but its reputation also calls to those from all over Auckland, drawing them in with classic dishes, homemade

Editorial
Magda Drummond

A Tasteful Long Lunch at Hunting Lodge

The name “The Hunting Lodge” brings forward thoughts of a rural retreat, where pasture to plate is a way of life and you can settle in fireside with a glass of red as you relax the day away. And that’s exactly what you’ll find if you take a scenic drive just West of Auckland’s glittering harbours. You’ll have wandered deep into a picturesque countryside locale that will make you feel as though you’re touring the rustic vineyards of Tuscany….or the rolling hills of Spain. The vineyards out West are some of the best hidden gems in Auckland’s dining scene, with everything from incredible wine lists (obviously) and fine-dining food to match, to impeccable scenery and ambience to boot.  While The Hunting Lodge might be widely known as a popular wedding venue, it may have been

Best of Auckland
Magda Drummond

Romance your first date at these non-awkward spots

Picture this; you’ve swiped right, the banter is flowing, you’re exchanging numbers and you know it’s coming. The first date. Who will suggest it first? How will it go? Could this be the first day of forever? The excitement is palpable. But amidst the exhilaration, there is room for error, there is the chance of making a huge mistake…choosing the spot for your first date can set the mood for how your little romantic exchange will end. So if you want to take that first step on the path towards the altar you better choose wisely. Firstly, absolutely no one wants to commit to a dinner on the first date unless you’re certain you’re going to like the person. Imagine ordering your entree and having them launch into their Ted Talk on the highs and

Editorial
Holly Lindsey

Eight: An interactive set up of eight specialty kitchens at The Cordis

Eight Restaurant at The Cordis Hotel is bringing a whole new meaning to buffet-style dining! Throw away your memories of coveted kids parties at Cobb & Co, or Valentine’s, and later in life, your experiences of questionable food court buffets. The definition of the buffet has been rewritten at the Cordis as an interactive set up of eight specialty kitchens, each hosted by an expert chef preparing bespoke, made-to-order dishes while you watch. American Grill: Cuts of succulent steak, ribs, chicken and a selection of vegetarian options thrown on the American-style wood-fired grill and cooked to your perfection. Deli Salad Selection: Eight have done a great job at catering for vegetarians and the salad bar was one of the highlights for me. The selection included the spiced whole roasted cauliflower, miso-marinated eggplant, creamy hasselback kumara,

Best of Auckland
Magda Drummond

Where are the waffles?

People should go on more breakfast dates. There I said it. Is there anything better than a generous helping of brekky food with a hot, creamy coffee to make you feel comfortable, safe and happy? There’s a reason they say it’s the most important meal of the day, and I personally feel it’s the most underrated. Next time you are chatting to your array of potential suitors on Tinder, why not suggest a catch up over a nice pancake stack or egg’s benny? You’re sure to find love over a mutual adoration of the first meal of the day. But what is the king of breakfast you ask? Surely the waffle. Not quite pancake, not quite French Toast but some beautiful combination of all of the best that breakfast has to offer. My favourite part

Best of Auckland
Magda Drummond

A slice of Italy

You might not know it, but there are different levels of pizza. There’s the one you order when you’re devastatingly hungover and you need to ship in some help to get you out of the foetal position. That’s a Level 1 operation. Then there’s the pizza you order with your workmates when no one can decide so you choose a crowd-pleasing option to shovel down with your bevvie on the wind-down to the weekend. That’s your classic Level 2. And then, there’s the alpha and omega. The pizza that you search for when only pizza will do; the pizza with the perfect crust, the three-cheese trifecta with the carefully selected pairings of herbs. It’s not haphazardly thrown together with reckless abandon, it’s delicately prepared with ‘amore’ (that’s Italian for love…) That’s THE pizza that you

Best of Auckland
Magda Drummond

Soak up the sunshine in these summer spots

If the onset of warmer weather has you feeling claustrophobic with a desperate, animal urge to be lying outside with a margarita in hand, you are not alone! So as the sunshine rolls in and we start to spend more and more time away from our offices and living rooms, it makes sense that we would want the same outdoor time from our dining experiences. Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than sitting al fresco at your favourite haunt with good friends, better wine and a generous helping of sunshine. We’re lucky in the City of Sails to be surrounded by incredible waterfront restaurants, glorious parkside cafes and even inner-city gems that serve up a meal worthy of the weather.  So if you’re tossing up venues for your next late lunch session, evening drinks or

Editorial
Holly Lindsey

Yum Cha Weekends at The Golden Nest at Woodpecker Hill

Ahhhhhh Yum Cha. I’m not sure if it’s the thrill of watching those little trolleys piled with steamer baskets race around the tables, the fact that I can enjoy dumplings drowned in soy sauce at 11am, or if it’s the bite-sized portions that allow me to taste everything on the menu, but there’s something about the Yum Cha craze that’s got me good.  But, embarrassingly, there’s an element of Yum Cha that seems to bring out the competitive side in me (one that I feel many of you might be able to relate to). As soon as I hear that first creak of a trolley’s wheel my adrenaline starts pumping and I can’t seem to pull my eyes away from the basket of my favourite golden goodness, in a move that I can only hope

Editorial
Magda Drummond

Ahi sets out to define New Zealand cuisine

Set on the shores of Auckland’s glistening harbour, Ahi is sophisticated cuisine in a laid back, yet stylish setting. Award-winning Chef Ben Bayly set out on an adventure to meet the growers and suppliers of New Zealand and curate their many passions and influences into his own culinary representation of what it means to be home. The beautifully crafted menu is thoughtful in its preparation of Kiwi ingredients that are empowered to tell an edible (and utterly delicious) story of Aotearoa.   Part of the new Commercial Bay development, Ahi is situated in a coveted location in Auckland’s downtown. It is perched in a prime spot to serve the tides of cruise ship customers when they return, but for now in a year where people have been encouraged to explore their own backyard, it is a

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