Woodpecker Hill Parnell restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

by Metro / 21 June, 2018
Woodpecker Hill's stir-fried soft-shell crab with banana chillies and shallots.

Woodpecker Hill's stir-fried soft-shell crab with banana chillies and shallots.

Woodpecker Hill restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Woodpecker Hill is an American/Southeast Asian barbecue bistro in Parnell.

When Auckland’s colder months set in, there are few places better to rug up than smokehouse-cum-ski chalet Woodpecker Hill, where you’re beckoned in by the warmth of an enormous American-made smoker for an unforgettable dinner. If executive chef Che Barrington’s menu of Southeast Asian flavours initially seems familiar, think again. Unlike at the other restaurants he co-owns with Mark Wallbank, dishes like fatty (in a good way) slow-cooked beef short ribs and juicy barbecue lamb are enhanced by the pleasing intensity of chilli and aromatics, and suddenly what sounds like something you’ve heard before feels all brand new.

What it offers  Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meals (on Sundays and with large group bookings) /Good for vegetarians / Takes large groups / Craft beer selection / Good for kids
A favourite dish  Barbecue lamb curry, pickled garlic, shallots, ginger, lemongrass and dry spices
Hours Lunch and dinner 7 days

Price $$
Seats 100
Chefs Che Barrington, executive chef

Book now

woodpeckerhill.co.nz
196 Parnell Rd, Parnell
Ph 309-5055

See here for all of Metro's Top 50 Auckland restaurants for 2018

Woodpecker Hill.

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