Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Coco's Cantina

by Metro / 30 June, 2017

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WINNER: Restaurateurs of the Year, Damaris & Renee Coulter - WINNER: Restaurant Personality of the Year, Petaia Unoi, bar manager

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Coco's Cantina.

Coco’s Cantina

City-Fringe Bistro—Italian

The kind of restaurant you’d be so pleased with yourself for discovering abroad, Coco’s Cantina has a sassy, devil-may-care identity that seduces from the outset. An integral part of the K’ Rd community, the restaurant spills out onto the strip with gingham-clad tables full of diners enjoying unpretentious, home-cooked Italian food made using ethically sourced, local produce. Its spirit is embodied by sisters and owners Damaris and Renee Coulter, whose “Be kind” motto is emblazoned on staff t-shirts and, it seems, their hearts. Initiatives like pasta happy hours for the cash-strapped, midnight yoga sessions for hard-working staff, and recently launched website The Realness, dedicated to promoting independent, sustainable hospitality ventures in Auckland and further afield, all make Coco’s something even more than a really tasty bistro and fun-filled bar.

A favourite dish
Ravioli, potato, ricotta, mushrooms and truffle.

What it offers
Fixed-price meals / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection / Takes large groups / Good seating outside / Happy Hour Pasta ($13 pasta special Mon-Fri, 5-6pm)

Hours—D Mon-Sat
Bookings—No (except for groups of 10 or more)
Chef—Guilherme (Will) Bezerra 

376 Karangahape Rd
Ph 300-7582

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