Our Picks - Asian Eats

Fresh, delicious flavours
9 November, 2015

The central city is packed with vibrant diversity and delicious cuisines from around the world. 

We're putting the spotlight on the fresh, spicy and punchy flavours of the East with this list of Asian eateries that are affordable and perfect for a lunchtime meal. 


  • Mamak Malaysian Restaurant 
    Head to Chancery Square and enjoy mouthwatering plates of homemade roti canai, a beautifully creamy laksa, tasty mee goreng,or perhaps try a murtabak - a deliciously stuffed roti pancake.
  • Pappa Rich 
    Made from the freshest local produce, this oasis for lovers of Malaysian spice and flavour is addictive and even after one visit we can see ourselves becoming weekday regulars. 

The deliciously savoury Mee Goreng at Mamak Malaysian Restaurant at Chancery Square. 


  • The Bamboo Basket  
    Head down the stairs on Elliott Street (look for the bicycle) for super fresh baguettes baked on site and filled with succulent, well-marinated meat, crunchy, colourful salad and rich chicken liver pâté. 
  • Indochine 
    This wildly popular Fort Street restaurant has quickly become known for dishes bursting with authentic Hanoi flavours plus excellent cocktails (perfect for those long and lazy Friday lunches). 

An incredibly fresh Bahn Mi roll from The Bamboo Basket on Elliott Street. 


  • Hansik 
    ​This stunning restaurant found in the heart of Victoria Park Market serves up traditional Korean BBQ. Our pick from the menu is the marinated beef - a classic of Korean BBQ cuisine. Coated in a marinade of ginger, Korean dark soy and garlic, plus finished with seasonal vegetables, this really is a juicy dish to dig into. 
  • Red Pig 
    Located opposite the Auckland Art Gallery this is an ideal lunch choice when you're after something a little different. Red Pig does the DIY part of Korean BBQ perfectly, with modern gas cookers and every meat you can think of it's an easy choice when you're craving a carnivore lunch. 

A full spread at the Red Pig, located opposite the Auckland Art Gallery. 


  • Marigold Thai, Albert Street Food Court (featured on Metro's Cheap Eats list 2015)
    This is a true hidden gem of the central city offering authentic Bangkok style eats with the freshest herbs and produce. Central city insiders know what a treasure trove this modest food court is for authentic pan-asian eats. 
  • Chom Na 
    This sweet new eatery comes from the talent behind the Zap Thai restaurants - an institution amongst Aucklanders who love authentic Thai flavours at affordable prices. 

The signature dish at Chom Na - Pad Thai with grilled prawns. 


  • Mentatz 
    A favourite place for ramen in the central city this Japanese restaurant and noodle bar serves up generous meals at affordable prices. In a cosy setting on Lorne Street you will always find Mentatz buzzing with happy diners, enjoying the rich flavours of authentic Japanese cuisine.
  • Masu
    ​This award-winning Japanese restaurant created by Nic Watt offers a delectable $40 express lunch. Click here to check out the special menu. 

Nic Watt plating up at SKYCITY's beautiful Federal Street restaurant, Masu. 


  • The Lucky Buddha 
    Enlightenment is just a meal away. The philosophy behind Lucky Buddha is food that brings people together, with dishes that encourage shared plates and communal, comfortable dining. Exquisite dishes such as the slow cooked lamb ribs with a carrot and apple slaw, flavoured with caramelised​ black vinegar, highlight traditional concepts created through modern, fine dining techniques.
  • Monsoon Poon 
    Perfect for a lunch near the Auckland Waterfront this classic central city restaurant is consistently recognised for its excellence in pan-asian flavours and fantastic service. A mix of South East Asian chefs wield their tools of trade in full view of the dining room with dishes from India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

The lunch specials at The Lucky Buddha on Fort Street.