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Jun 24, 2015 Restaurants



41 Shortland St, central city. Ph 336-1857,
Breakfast Monday-Friday, lunch & dinner Monday-Saturday. $$


How pleased are we about this? A good new restaurant in the one part of Auckland that needs more of them the most: the centre of the city.

Pilkingtons has a beautiful room, with glass walls, lots of greenery, bar booths and tables — it feels a little like the lightness of Britomart’s Ortolana combined with the classic menu of perfectly cooked tasty treats of a place like O’Connell St Bistro. (Not a surprise, really: the fitout was done by Britomart’s Nat Cheshire and the kitchen is in the hands of Alex Strombach, who has migrated around the corner from OSB.) All power to them.

A favourite dish: Marinated mushrooms, baby beets, sorrel, hazelnuts & grilled halloumi (pictured).


3 Spoons

Shared-plate options
Good for vegetarians
Free-range chicken and/or pork
Craft beer selection



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