Viaduct Harbour, Viaduct. Ph 356-7249, soulbar.co.nz
Lunch & dinner 7 days. $$
Why does Soul, with its stately terrace overlooking the boats of the inner Viaduct Harbour, not have more imitators? Because it’s extremely hard to be as good as Soul — to be large, right smack in the eye of tourists and the heart of party central, and yet retain your commitment to impeccable quality in everything you do.
We have restaurateur par excellence Judith Tabron to thank for that, her marvellous chef, Gareth Stewart (above), and their large and very committed teams. Want seafood? Soul. Want a good time? Soul. Want to lunch with the ladies? Oh yes, it’s Soul.
A favourite dish: Pan-fried hapuku with mushrooms à la Grecque, porcini gnocchi cigars & chervil crème fraîche.
Good for vegetarians
Free-range chicken and/or pork
Good seating outside
Takes large groups
Craft beer selection