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Dining in Auckland

If there's one thing the people of Auckland, New Zealand know about it is food and wine. Dining in Auckland is almost always a pleasurable experience, whether indulging in the fish and chips or some crayfish and mussels. Fresh oysters and delicious cheeses are abundant in New Zealand and there are restaurants that vary from casual to formal and everything in between. At Bill Fish Cafe, like many Auckland restaurants, the food is not just tasty but also lovely to behold. The plating of the food is almost as important as the taste to New Zealand chefs so expect to be delighted visually by the top-notch seafood dishes.

Another place to get delicious seafood and steaks is the Y-not Restaurant. With a beautiful ocean view, customers enjoy a variety of dishes including seared salmon, red-seared tuna salad, salt and pepper crispy squid and the ever-popular garlic lover's scallops. For those not in the mood for fish, they also serve such dishes as Moroccan lamb cutlets, spinach filo and the locals' favorite crisp pork belly.

Japanese cuisine is quite popular in Auckland due to the abundance of fresh seafood. A couple of highly respected restaurants include Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant, Wagamama, Kyo Ya Japanese Restaurant and Genji Japanese Restaurant. For a little Thai food you may visit Erawan Thai Restaurant and Bar, Thai Village Restaurant or the beloved Thai Me Up restaurant. Grand Harbour Restaurant and China Yum Char Restaurant are both great choices for some Chinese cuisine.

Italian is also popular in Auckland and Sal Rose Country Italian is one of the beloved restaurants in the city. This owner-operated business brings the best of authentic country Italian cuisine to the people of Auckland. Not only is the food good but also the atmosphere is charming. Specialties at Sal Rose are their tasty homemade pastas, veal marsala and meatballs. Their pizzas are also quite popular. They also provide a very satisfying wine list from which to choose. A few other great Italian restaurants include Covo Pasta Pizza Bar, Bruschetteria and Andrea Restaurant.

Looking for a night out of fine dining in Auckland? The choice is a simple one, Antoine's Restaurant on Parnell Road. The owners, Beth and Tony Astle have owned and run the place since 1972 so they know a thing or two about the business. The menus represent true New Zealand cuisine combined beautifully with some French and Italian accents. Antoine's tripe served in cream, sherry, onion and green peppercorn sauce is one of the most delicious meals to be found anywhere. As a main dish a few great selections are the traditional roast duck with grand marnier sauce, the chicken, leek and wild mushroom pie or the blanquette of rabbit. Antoine's Restaurant is sure to provide a superior evening of dining and ambiance.