Amano is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Best All-Day Restaurant and our runner up for Best Chef. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
In the two years since it opened, Amano has become the jewel in the Hip Group crown. The rustic, stripped-back waterfront warehouse, balanced by beautiful marble and hanging gardens of dried flowers, is full and bustling for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week (not to mention its bakery serving fresh bread and takeaway salads and sandwiches). Focussing on a distinctly local version of modern Italian cuisine, the ultra-seasonal menu is updated (at least) once a day. Seafood features heavily in its best dishes but Amano also excels at carbohydrates – the bread and pasta, both made on-site, are among the best Auckland has to offer. The drinks list follows suit, with pitch-perfect wines from Italy and New Zealand, and a tempting array of seasonal, fruit-driven cocktails.
What it offers: Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Takes large bookings
A favourite dish: Smoked line-caught warehou tagliatelle with mustard and butter crumb
Winner, Best All-Day Restaurant
Runner-up, Best Chef: Jo Pearson
Finalist, Supreme Award
Finalist, Best Wine
Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days
Chef: Jo Pearson, executive chef; Andrew Hanson, head chef
66-68 Tyler Street