Cazador is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Supreme Award runner-up and winner of Best Neighbourhood Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
Cazador is a family treasure passed down from father to son; it’s a restaurant full of heart and comfortable with its place in the Auckland dining scene. Unusual animal names often find their way on to the menu here – like the sublime tahr shoulder, a goat-like animal found in the valleys of South Island, which is served beneath a swirl of fennel and saffron pappardelle. Staff can point to the mounted heads on the walls for reference, a thoughtful reminder of the food you’re consuming in an era of neutrally packaged meat. Game meat is Cazador’s speciality, but vegetarians aren’t neglected – the same care and thought given to the meat extends to their use of seasonal vegetables. With friendly waitstaff and an interestingly curated drinks list – served in lovely vintage glassware – Cazador is a place to sit, slow down and savour.
What it offers: À la carte / Set menus / Shared-plate options / Outdoor dining / Takes large groups / Bar
A favourite dish: Rabbit leg tagine with olives and saffron
Runner-up, Supreme Award
Winner, Best Neighbourhood Restaurant
Finalist, Best Chef
Finalist, Best Dish
Finalist, Best Drinks
Finalist, Best Service
Hours: Dinner Wed-Sat
Chef: Dariush Lolaiy
854 Dominon Road