Archived: Our Favourite New Dining In 2015

8 December, 2015

2015 was a knockout year for new dining - with fresh, spectacular dinner venues, delicious lunch spots, sweet corner cafes and hidden bars that were easy to fall in love with. 

Check out the eateries and bars that blew us away this year. 


Weirdough & Tuck 
City Works Depot 
Bespoke sodas and mouthwatering sandwiches - our favourite? The Sichuan fried chicken sandwich with ginger, carrot, coriander and homemade chilli jam. 

Criminal Grinds
Wakefield Street 

A delicious new nook offering fresh espresso coffee plus delectable takeaway meals. 

Pappa Rich 
Metro Centre
Freshly-made Roti Canai, moreish Satay, Nasi Lemak, Fried Kuey Teow, Curry Laksa, Asam Laksa, Chicken Rice, Prawn Mee, Mee Goreng and Ice Kacang.

Major Sprout 
Graham Street 
A slick and welcoming decor, beautiful food and excellent service from the super team behind Dear Jervois. 

Eighthirty Café  
High Street 
Perfect coffee (of course) matched with easy eats and a stunning interior. 

The Bamboo Basket 
Atrium on Elliott  
Absolutely incredible Bahm Mi - fresh, crunchy, fragrant, spicy - a must try. 


Victoria Park Market 

This Wellington dining institution now has an Auckland venue with spectacular cocktails, dishes and live music. 

Red Pig 
Opposite the Auckland Art Gallery
Korean BBQ done right - grab some friends and get into the fun DIY element of this delicious cuisine. 

The Glass Goose 
Federal Street
Modelled on the visual of a beautiful glass house this contemporary yet casual eating and drinking space is a comfortable garden-like oasis.

Fort Street 

The food at Beirut is bursting with authentic, sumptuous middle eastern flavours.

Le Chef Vulcan Lane 
Vulcan Lane 
Beautiful French fare - changed each season to make the most of beautiful local produce. 

The Culpeper 
Auckland Waterfront 
Succulent meats, marinated, smoked and slow-cooked at Culpeper, take their lead from the American Deep South. 


The Jefferson 
Imperial Lane 
This basement space under Imperial Lane offers 500 whiskeys, southern eats (try the ribs) and a fun atmosphere. 

Oyster & Chop 
Viaduct Harbour 
We can't get over this amazing oyster and cocktail bar - not to mention the stunning views of the Viaduct Harbour that come with every meal. 

The Gin Room 
Vulcan Lane 
An ode to well crafted cocktails made from the finest produce and liquor in a space that is both welcoming and a stunning recreation of a 1920s gin parlour. 

Coley & Punch
Auckland Waterfront 

A gorgeous new cocktail and whisky bar focused on serving up the most delicious beverages from around the world.