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Feast your way around Auckland’s epic ‘Iconic Eats’ list

Take a culinary road trip around Auckland's best restaurants, cafes and food joints with these top 100 dishes.

Feast your way around Auckland’s epic ‘Iconic Eats’ list

The second annual list of Iconic Auckland Eats has been released, just in time for the move to red traffic light on Friday 3 December.

The city-wide dining guide brings together 100 must-try dishes, spanning across a range of categories, from fine dining and neighbourhood cafes, to food trucks and markets.

Lovers of kaimoana will be happy to hear almost a quarter of the dishes feature seafood, including the iconic crayfish meatballs from Baduzzi and sashimi platter from Cocoro.

Baduzzi’s Crayfish Meatballs made the top 100 list, credit: Babiche Martens

20 establishments made the list for a second year running, including cult Korean joint Ockhee for its Chun Sa Chae Noodle Salad, Italian eatery Cotto for its Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sage Dumplings and Ben Bayley’s Commercial Bay restaurant, Ahi for its Scampi Hot Dogs.

Almost 1000 nominations were submitted for the 2021 Auckland Iconic Eats list, narrowed down by a team of food moderators from Auckland Unlimited.

“The stories about the final 100 eats are as diverse as the dishes they describe – a true reflection of Auckland’s rich dining scene and ethnic diversity,” says Auckland Unlimited programme manager Annie Dundas.

“While we can’t travel the world right now, you can certainly eat your way around the world right here in Auckland – from South Africa to the Middle East, Italy to Indonesia,” says Annie Dundas.

“Our hospitality industry has faced incredible challenges through the pandemic, and the stories shared throughout the list are heart-warming and prove how important food and our hospitality industry is on a very personal level,” she says.

To explore the 2021 Iconic Auckland Eats list visit

Photo credits: Babiche Martens, ATEED

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