A guide to winter dining in Auckland: new openings, menus and events


A guide to winter dining in Auckland: new openings, menus and events
Wondering where to eat in Auckland this winter? We've rounded up the exciting new openings, best winter menus and must-try culinary events. 

New openings

In our latest issue of STYLE, chef Carlo Buenaventura talks about the opening of his new restaurant, Bar Magda. Photography by Josh Harvey

Bar Magda

Chef Carlo Buenaventura has made the leap from The Cult Project pop-ups to his first permanent restaurant, Bar Magda. Located in the K Road neighbourhood, the underground restaurant showcases Aotearoa seasonal produce told through a Filipino lens. “It’s these moments in time, personal experiences that we’re going to translate through food, drink and hospitality,” he tells STYLE in the new Winter issue.

Alpha at Pasture

Acclaimed chef Ed Verner is expanding his Pasture offering with a new daytime-to-early-evening storefront spot. Opening in early July, Alpha at Pasture gives diners a unique look inside Pasture’s test kitchen, where you can watch chefs experiment with new dishes, or enjoy their takeaway offerings of specialty baked goods.

Va Bene

A charming new European eatery has opened in Parnell. Drawing inspiration from the wine bars of France and Italy, Va Bene boasts flavoursome shared dishes and carefully-curated wines that are perfect for winter dining – such as beef bourguignon with kumara puree. Delish.

New menus

Euro’s winter menu brings together comfort food with fresh ingredients


Euro is giving diners a taste of France with its new winter menu. Inspired by classic bistro dining, executive chef Gareth Stewart brings together the rich, comforting flavours of French cuisine with a Kiwi twist. The ‘Gnocchi Parisienne’ with Fiordland crayfish ragu and Emmental cheese is a must-try.


Remuera’s beloved neighbourhood eatery is a great spot to visit for winter dining. Their new seasonal menu features some very tempting new additions like Hawke’s Bay lamb rump with broccolini and butternut puree, along with crowd-pleasing classics like the crayfish ravioli with crème fraiche, dill, chive butter sauce and truffle salt.

Culinary events

Head to Josh Emmet’s Onslow for Elemental AKL


Discover the ‘arts, eats and beats’ of the city at Elemental AKL. Running from 14 July to 1 August, this winter festival features a number of exciting culinary events, including ‘Blinis & Bellinis’, a four-course brunch at Josh Emmet’s Onslow and ‘The Travelling Fare’, a progressive dinner at restaurants in Devenport.

The French Long Lunch at The Hunting Lodge

Celebrate Bastille Day on 10 July at The Hunting Lodge with a four-course French feast paired with delicious wine. Taking place at The Barn with a roaring fire outside, along with French music and movies, the talented team will transport you to a country chateau for an afternoon of indulgence.

Feast Matariki

Join in celebration of Matariki this winter with Aotearoa’s first national food celebration, Feast Matariki. Presented by Eat New Zealand, Feast Matariki runs from 21 June to 8 July and features events where people can join in the Māori tradition during the rise of the Matariki constellation and “acknowledge the manaakitanga or hospitality that is an intrinsic part of who we are as kiwi.”

Feast Matariki events in Auckland include ‘Puanga Mātariki Hakari’ a collaboration between Ben Bayley and Hangi master Rewi Spraggon.

Sunday Long Lunch at Ada

Grab a group of friends and head to Ada this winter for a ‘Sunday Long Lunch’, where you’ll enjoy a 5-course sharing menu and glass of bubbles for $50 every given Sunday from 4 July.


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