Coco's Cantina (4)
376 Karangahape Rd, Newton. Ph 300-7582.
“Life-affirmingly cheerful” is what we called Coco’s Cantina last year and we’re not about to change our view. It’s possibly not true that everybody knows your name at this super-cool little bar-bistro on K’ Rd, but then again, if you’ve visited two or three times, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was. The Coulter sisters, Damaris and Renee, run the place with enormous commitment to customer happiness. There’s great food — more or less Italian, with other touches — and a wine list full of little surprises. The bar service is skilled and friendly and the table service warmly embracing. They warn you on their website that you may have to wait and you may have to squeeze up a little, and it’s true, because Coco’s is very popular. You can sit out front if you’re lucky, sure, but it’s still very fine inside up the back. And they have Galbraith’s on tap!
A favourite dish: Char-grilled scotch fillet with anchovy butter.
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Best Casual Bistro
Restaurant Personality of the year: Damaris Coulter