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Orbit Revolving Restaurant (Sky Tower, Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, New Zealand) - Not my usual selection of restaurant as it's obviously geared for tourists. The Orbit Revolving Restaurant is 192 meters up the Sky Tower and affords excellent views across Auckland and region. For what is obviously geared to tourists and visitors - the food is actually pretty good, certainly better than many non-touristic places. Outstanding wine list which, bar a couple of Ozzie wines, is drawn exclusivly from New Zealand . Service on my visits was excellent. Touristy? Yes - but all the other boxes are very firmly ticked for a great evening out.
O'Connell Street Bistro - One of the finest restaurants in Auckland in a much improved area of town. Intimate setting with a limited number of tables and an emphasis on quality both in food and wine. Excellent kitchen with a respectable selection of seafood. Does an excellent line of New Zealand wines - which is always a good place to start.
Gusto at the Grand - Over many years visiting Auckland I've always struggled to get hold a properly decent Italian meal. Gusto at the Grand has seriously raised the bar in Italian dining in Auckland and is a hugely welcome addition to the Auckland dining scene. Unusually for Auckland - Gusto at the Grand does an pretty good line of Italian wines. Alfie, under Sean Connolly, has done an excellent job of bringing high-quality Italian dining to Auckland Chefs table (pictured right) between the deli and kitchen is right in the heart of the action. Open pasta station ensure customers see the pasta being made. Good charcuterie.
The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe (6-8 Vulcan Lane, Auckland) - on repeated visits to Auckland the Occidental Belgian Bar has been a must visit place for good Belgian beer served in appropriate glassware. Leffe Blond, Leffe Bruin and Hoegardeen are all on tap with many other classic Belgian beers available bottled. While the Occidental is well known for its mussels, it also does an excellent Lamb Shank. While much food is otherwise nuked - the excellent beer list makes up.
Northern Steamship (122 Quay Street, Auckland) - Handily located close to the Quay, the Northern Steamship boasts an excellent array of Mac's beers, a good selection of meals and, handily for a gadgeted traveller, free wifi. Good place for a light evening meal, pint of beer and checking that all important email.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook