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Our Restaurant of the Year issue is out now!

Metro N°436 / The Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland

Our Restaurant of the Year issue is out now!

Sep 22, 2022 What's On

Our new issue is out now, in stores and available to purchase at

It’s our annual Restaurant of the Year special, a guide to the Top 50 restaurants in Auckland in 2022. Flick through the list to discover the best of what Auckland’s dynamic dining scene has to offer, including local neighbourhood spots, fine-dining restaurants, interesting wine bars, and more. There’s also a rundown of who were the big category winners, presented at our Restaurant of the Year awards (with thanks to Estrella Damm): like our Supreme Winner, Best New and The Produce Company Best Chef. Elsewhere in the section, you’ll find a feature on fit-outs, a restaurant service photo essay by Jinki Cambronero, an essay on eating alone by Sharon Lam, and a recipe by young chef winner Vallensia Cavella Wijaya.

Also in the magazine, Morgan Godfery tracks the rise and rise of Te Pāti Māori; Hayden Donnell makes the case for abolishing councils; we run the final odds on Auckland’s mayoral election; Bob Harvey speaks to Wayne Brown…

And on top of that: Henry Oliver interviews Alice Snedden and Leon Wadham; Lana Lopesi writes about why art is boring now (and she and Tendai Mutambu compile 30 upcoming Auckland artists who aren’t); Anna Rankin on the painting of Anoushka Akel; Nathan Joe and Nahyeon Lee in conversation; Ruth Buchanan…

And furthermore: reviews, our regular columns, and more.

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Cover illustration by the great Sarah Larnach


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