Runner-up, Chef of the Year, Ben Bayly / Finalist, Peugeot People’s Choice award for Auckland’s favourite dish: maltagliati with duck & porcini ragu
The best restaurant in the Wynyard Quarter by a country mile offers exquisitely cooked and presented rustic Italian-American food — and if that seems like a contradiction in terms, you really should check it out.
Executive chef Ben Bayly presents a menu of beautiful pastas and other dishes, while restaurateur Michael Dearth has organised a seductively engaging wine list and rustled up a floor crew who exude charm and bustling efficiency. A great spot for lunch, express or leisurely, and in the evening, a delightfully intimate dinner-date destination.
A favourite dish: maltagliati with duck & porcini ragu, buttercup & pickled walnuts (presented above by host Veronica Sant).
Good for vegetarians
Good seating outside
Takes large groups
Craft beer selection
Good for kids
Bookings not usually taken