With over 100 American Express Restaurant Month menus on offer, choosing the right one for you might seem like a daunting task. To help, we've put together a list of our favourite $25, $40 and $55+ menus to cover any occassion, from a casual catch up with friends to a special treat for a loved one.
The Culpeper exudes a relaxed, fun vibe - perfect for its alluring waterfront location. An eclectic fusion of tastes and flavours, the menu - from Nourish Group’s Executive Chef Gareth Stewart draws on influences from around the globe. Their Restaurant Month menu options include a lamb merguez corn dog with hazelnut dukkah spice, date & whipped feta dressing, crispy pork cheek scrumpet with ‘burnt end’ beans and many more dishes to choose from.
Rustic and true to Italian values, Gusto at the Grand showcases simple food, classic flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients. With a menu designed by renowned Chef Sean Connolly, Gusto is the perfect spot to share delicious Italian dishes amongst friends and family. Their incredible menu offering includes pea, mint and ricotta bruschetta and Pappardelle al Ragù alla Bolognese with a glass of Italian wine to match.
The ultimate ‘bibs and fingers’ seafood experience can be found on Auckland's Princes Wharf, at The Crab Shack, where the atmosphere is casual and fun. Don’t be afraid to get sticky hands while devouring a bucket of fresh crab! We’ve chosen this Restaurant Month menu as a stand out for their options including tempura market fish with smoked paprika mayonnaise, lemon and iceberg lettuce, and jambalaya with Louisiana hot sauce, spicy sausage, chicken, dirty rice & beans.
Set in the heart of Britomart, Cafe Hanoi is a modern Vietnamese restaurant inspired by the flavours and faded elegance of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Dishes are characterized by a unique combination of ingredients and cooking techniques that come together to create an exciting dining experience. Their Restaurant Month offering includes rice paper rolls, an aromatic curry, steamed & stir-fried eggplant, sweet soy & black pepper tofu and a green papaya salad... and we haven't even mentioned dessert! This menu is a must.
Set in the Seafarers Building this NZ brasserie is a place unrivalled in the central city. The view is, well, amazing, as is the menu, renowned for its locally-sourced, seasonal dishes created by Josh Emett and perfected by Executive Chef Josh Shields. Check out their exquisite Restaurant Month lunch menu which includes an entree and a main for $40. Choose from Harmony Pork Croquettes or BBQ Tiger Prawns for your entree, and Braised Beef Pappardelle or Poached Tarakihi as your main.
Botswana Butchery combines premium produce, wine and local ingredients from the Auckland region with the best of what Central Otago can offer. Located in the historic Ferry Building on Quay Street, Botswana Butchery brings a taste of the south to the heart of Auckland city. Their menu options includes a steak dish as well as a delicious sounding apple & rhubarb crumble dessert with cinnamon ice cream & vanilla foam.
FISH Restaurant sources seafood throughout the week from the morning's catch before the boats reach the shores of New Zealand to ensure it's the freshest available. This restaurant is known for its exquisite fine dining and excellent service - and now, a fantastic Restaurant Month special menu! Head here for a unique fine dining experience you won't forget - menu offerings include amuse bouche, Big Glory Bay salmon and a Valrhona chocolate mousse for dessert, matched with a glass of Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc wine.
Clooney is not a restaurant with a defined technique; they are guided by what best represents the ingredients. This fine dining eatery cooks precisely executed and boldly flavoured dishes that are unified and balanced, dishes that embody progression and purpose. Don't delay making a booking to try their special menu for August, which is a 4 course degustation menu + canapé with options including alpine salmon with green apple & grapefruit, pork terrine with carrot & chestnut and lamb tartar with oyster & sea banana.
Peter Gordon continues his worldwide culinary success with The Sugar Club, sitting 53 floors above Auckland's city centre at the top of the Sky Tower. Their menu champions seasonality, combining the best in local sustainably-sourced produce with the boldest flavours from around the world. The Sugar Club's special Restaurant Month menu includes snacks & bread on arrival and options such as charcoal carrot with macadamia puree, dates and argan oil, Hauraki Gulf fish with brussel sprouts, pickled sea chicory and dill oil, and Hogarth 70% Chocolate with Kampot pepper ice cream.
Occupying a historic building in Auckland’s Britomart precinct, Ebisu serves up contemporary Japanese fare, drawing on a combination of classic Japanese & European techniques to present an outstanding mix of new-style sushi and sashimi as well as traditional Japanese dishes. The dishes on their special menu for August look incredible - we especially love the sound of their entree: prawn dumplings with ginger soy & shaved almond.