The Grill by Sean Connolly (2)
SkyCity Grand Hotel, 90 Federal St, central city. Phone 363-7067, skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants/the-grill.
Lunch Monday-Friday, dinner 7 days. $$$
For so many occasions, The Grill fits the bill. It’s a rather classical, almost stately kind of place — great for a business lunch, or maybe dinner when you want to impress the in-laws, but we can also vouch for it as a snug, sophisticated spot for a date night. Steak tartare done quite traditionally, and well, is extremely hard to find — but you’ll find it here, and they do it at your table. Steak lovers, in fact, will be in heaven: this is Auckland’s best steak house, hands down, and there’s so much on offer. Express an interest and waitstaff will often let you know there’s a so-and-so cut available, the chef’s favourite, not on the menu. Our advice: do it. Seafood is also beautifully prepared, from both the kitchen and the raw bar, and sustainability is a focus. Sean Connolly, who created this place, likes everything to be just so, and that is to the great advantage of his diners. Check out those steak knives.
A favourite dish: Suckling pig fritter, cabbage slaw and pecorino.
Fixed-price meals / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection