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The team behind Candela share their favourite New Zealand restaurants


<em>Credit: Kate Battersby</em>
Credit: Kate Battersby
In our latest issue of STYLE, we sit down with Matt Ross and Leola King, the talented duo behind Karangahape road restaurant and bar, Candela. Here, they gives us the low-down on the best restaurants in New Zealand. 

When it comes to finding the best New Zealand restaurants, it pays to find out where the chefs and restaurateurs like to go. Matt Ross and Leola King, the owners of popular Spanish restaurant and bar, Candela, tell us where they like to dine on their days off.

Mr Morris

“Head to Mr Morris for their Sunday long lunch. We love to unwind here after a long week. The special set menu changes each Sunday and you get to try out new dish ideas.”

La Fuente

“La Fuente is a favourite spot among hospo folk in Auckland, Edmundo’s drinks list will always impress.”

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Since opening in 2020, chef Ben Bayly’s Ahi has quickly become one of the best New Zealand restaurants. “Go to Ahi for their dirty martinis and delicious scampi corn dogs.”

Try It Out Vietnamese

“This place has the best beef pho and some of the friendliest service in town.”

Grand Harbour

“Our favourite dim sum spot. Try the deep fried prawns!”


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“Modern Japanese and natural wine on Dominion road. Try anything from the yakitori section and order yuzu sake with your dessert.”

Sherwood Queenstown

The best New Zealand restaurants aren’t all in Auckland. “Farm to plate at its finest, Sherwood is an amazing place to dine and a fun place to stay.”

Read more about Candela in STYLE Autumn



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