Restaurant Month returns to Auckland!

Auckland’s preeminent dining event, Restaurant Month, returns this August promising to give Kiwis a taste of some of New Zealand and the world’s best chefs and sommeliers, the chance to savour over 100 special menu offers and access to over 30 foodie-inspired events.

The month-long celebration, created by Heart of the City and presented by headline sponsor American Express®, will see the return of big annual events including The Chef Dining Series, Wine AKL and the very popular “Street Eats”, plus a new dinner-by-bike event and new sustainably-focused menus from participating restaurants.

A few of the highlights of Restaurant Month:

A Taste of Matterhorn, Past & Present
Incredible food, even more incredible cocktails and music that reels you in and makes you never want to leave – the ingredients of a classic Matterhorn night out. Matterhorn, born in Wellington in 1963, celebrates their first Restaurant Month with the help of the chefs (Rob Mayback, Sean Marshall, Dave Verheul, James Pask and Ben Tuhakaraina, to be exact), mixologists (Riki Carter, Claire Harlick and Calem Chadwick will be on the bar), and musicians that shaped the institution.

With five degustation courses, wines and cocktails to match and a performance by long-time Matterhorn residents, Wellington-based funk and boogaloo band The Eggs, a Taste of Matterhorn will be a great, very late night. (A Taste of Matterhorn is part of Restaurant Month in the Heart of the City’s Chef Dining Series.)

Wednesday 5 August, 6.30pm - late
Matterhorn, 37 Drake Street, Freemans Bay
Tickets available from iTICKET - $220 including 5 courses, cocktail on arrival, matching wines and live performance by The Eggs

Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner
Indulge yourself with a 5 course degustation menu in the intimate setting of O’Connell Street Bistro’s dining room, matched to Louis Roederer Champagne & Chateau de Pez wines and featuring the renowned 2005 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Hosted by O’Connell Street Bistro Proprietor Chris Upton and Ben Longhurst, Fine Wine Manager of EuroVintage.

Friday 7 August, 6.30pm
O’Connell Street Bistro and Bar, Cnr Shortland and O’Connell Streets
Tickets $295 available from iTICKET

Britomart Progressive Dinner
This now annual Progressive Dinner as part of Restaurant Month invites local food and wine lovers to visit some of Britomart’s finest bars and restaurants for a decadent five-course meal. Guests will begin the evening at Tyler Street Garage for cocktails and canapés, then split into smaller groups for entrées, mains and desserts at Ebisu, Ostro and Cafe Hanoi. The evening will end with après-dinner drinks at Britomart's 1885 basement bar. Tickets are restricted to those 18 years and over.

Thursday 13 August, 6.30pm
Start at Tyler St Garage, Tyler St
Tickets $165 available from July 2 from iTicket including 5 courses and wines

Wine AKL
The wine buff’s ultimate day out returns with over 80 top New Zealand wineries. Taste your way around the country’s vineyards and varietals with the winemakers at hand to discuss the finer points of each drop. Learn food and wine matching tips from the city’s leading restaurateurs and sommeliers, grab a bite to match what you’re drinking from the pop-up Euro restaurant on-site plus catch up with international and local wine experts including Nick Stock (AUS), Jorge Nunes (Portugal) Bob Campbell MW (NZ) and Yvonne Lorkin (NZ).

Friday 14 August, 5pm – 8.30pm & Saturday 15 August, 12pm – 3.30pm and 4.30pm – 8pm
Shed 10, Queens Wharf
Tickets available from iTicket. Advance sales $25, door sales $30 – including a tasting glass, your first 5 tastings and a wine guide.

Dinner by Bike
Explore Auckland’s streets and flavours from a new perspective with Dinner by Bike, a progressive dinner by cycle. Your journey will take you on a scenic route through the city, starting in Britomart and taking in streets and spaces made for biking between courses.The menu for the evening will transport you through acclaimed restaurants serving up the flavours of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with your entrée at The Black Hoof, main at Ima Cuisine, dessert at Café Hanoi and after-dinner drink at Fukuko. Dinner by Bike is presented by Auckland Transport.

Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 August
Start Café Hanoi, Britomart from 5.50pm for group 1 and 6.40pm for group 2
Tickets $69 incl. 3 courses, after-dinner drink, bike hire (optional), guide and wet weather gear.
Available from iTicket

Street Eats
It’s loud, it’s busy and it’s a whole lot of foodie fun. Auckland’s Street Eats returns with a diverse line-up of central city restaurants serving up their favourite street food in a gourmet hawkers market complete with beer and wine bars, kids’ entertainment and live music.

Follow your nose and the aromas of exotic spices and grilled meat will lead you towards tasty eats from Mexico, Israel, India, France, Italy and more. This year Street Eats is spreading out across more space and bringing in more food than ever before – so join us for brunch, lunch, dinner or all of the above!

Saturday 29 August, 10.30am – 8pm
Shed 10, Queens Wharf
$5 entry for adults and free entry for supervised children


There is much, much more going on during this month-long culinary celebration - far too many for me to list here. Check out Heart of The City for a full-list of events, and visit my Facebook page here for your chance to win a Double Pass to Wine AKL!


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