May 24, 2016 Restaurants
What makes it special?
Hallelujah. In all the beautiful parks and outdoor wonderlands of Auckland, there is now a great place to eat. The new Cornwall Park Bistro makes the city as a whole decisively more accomplished.
Behind the scenes
Note: we are not talking about the Cornwall Park Cafe, which is nearby. The same company runs both, using the same website, and navigation can be confusing. The bistro is in the old brick restaurant building, with the ice-cream shop (now The Creamery) to one side. It’s smart, with a big bar, elegantly spaced tables and floor-to-ceiling windows. So nice. You’re sitting in that astonishingly beautiful park, eating lovely food with a lovely glass of something to hand, attentive waitstaff hovering but not intruding. Perhaps a string quartet would be in order. It’s that nice.
A favourite dish
Hot-smoked eel, apple, ginger, fennel, pancetta and frisee.
What it offers
Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection / High tea (Sun-Tue; booking required)
Hours: Breakfast Sat-Sun; Lunch 7 days; Dinner Wed-Sun.
Chef: James Kenny
Michael Horton Drive. Ph 630-2888, cornwallparkeateries.com
Finalist, Best New Restaurant; Finalist, Best New Fitout