Where to have a Christmas party in Auckland: Four great restaurantsby Kate Richards
The end of the year is coming up fast. Here are four of our favourite places to throw a Christmas bash.
First order a main and sides to share from the à la carte menu. Then, while you wait, a trolley full of little snacks will circulate the room. Like at a yum cha restaurant, whatever you select will be noted down, and added to the bill at the end. Must-try trolley items include doughnuts with chicken liver parfait and pinot noir syrup, and roasted bone marrow. For groups of seven or more, choose one of four different set menus priced from $55 per head, which includes a selection of the best à la carte and trolley dishes.
L1, 12 Wyndham St, central city
Blue Breeze Inn
Ever faithful, Blue Breeze makes decisions easy for groups with their $55 per head spread. Enjoy a selection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes (pork buns included) and then add drinks. Everything is designed to share, which will prevent food envy. Groups of 10 might want to consider the private dining booth – cordoned off by a bead curtain and metal bars to keep your guests in and everyone else out.
Ponsonby Central, 136-146 Ponsonby Rd
This Vietnamese-inspired restaurant’s menu is vast, meaning it’s really good for vegetarians, fussy people, and vegans. We love the soft-shell crab, and fried lemongrass tofu with cinnamon mushrooms. Better still, the place is huge, with plenty of room for groups big and small and set menus to boot.
Cnr Galway and Commerce St, Britomart
Here’s a place for the whole family at the Whoa! Studios multimillion-dollar play park. The Grounds is also just great if you live in Henderson or on the western train line, because you’ll be able to get conveniently boozy and then catch the train home. Ben Bayly’s menu somehow manages to be crowd-pleasing yet interesting, and features the likes of charred trevally with bonito mayo, and pulled short ribs with thin ribbons of pasta.
8 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson
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