Apéro is Metro Peugeot's Restaurant of the Year 2019's Best Casual Restaurant winner and finalist for the Supreme Award. Read our review to find out why. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
A small, intimate space made even more so by the homely brick walls, scattering of smartly framed photos and dim lighting, Apéro is at once polished and casual. It feels right to dash in for a quick dinner, settle in for a long, leisurely meal, or round up close friends for late-night drinks. Street gazing is ideal at the cosy window seat for two, just wide enough for the charcuterie platter, roasted cauliflower and a side of daily special veges. It would be remiss not to mention the house-made pork sausage (order by the quarter, half or full metre), its saltiness perfectly offset with thin slices of pickles. The restaurant doubles as a sophisticated wine bar, too – the long wine list is the domain of co-owner Ismo Koski, who recommends pairings without pretension and knows just what you need.
What it offers: Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Bar
A favourite dish: Goats’ cheese croquettes with Kamahi honey
Winner, Best Casual Restaurant
Runner-up, Best Service
Finalist, Supreme Award
Finalist, Best Chef
Finalist, Best Wine
Hours: Lunch Fri, Dinner Wed-Sun
Chef: Leslie Hottiaux
280 Karangahape Rd