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Best For Fine Dining

Whether fine dining is a regular occurrence for you or whether you’re splashing out for a special occasion, you want the experience and food to be on par with the money you’re spending. New Zealand has no shortage of expensive restaurants, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ‘Fine Dining’ so don’t be sucked into a place merely because of the price tag. Red Ginger.  Located in the heart of Wellington on Tory Street, Red Ginger are an upmarket Asian restaurant with a western influence.They strive to offer authentic food as well as incorporating new produce such as mangoes, lemongrass and lychees into their dishes. There are a range of gluten free, organic and allergy sensitive options available making this a great choice for people with all sorts of dietary requirements. Reasonably priced with entrees averaging $15 each and mains ranging between $21.50 and $27.50.  Deserts are an even $14.50 a piece. There are three options available for the kids at $13 each. If you're looking for a special you can't go wrong with their BYO Sunday's with corkage at $5 per person Vinnies Restaurant in Herne Bay is a prime example of fine dining without the fuss. The food is exquisite and the atmosphere cosy and comfortable and, what’s more, you don’t have to wear your diamonds and pearls to get through the door! Although, if you do feel like donning your glad rags then you’ll fit right in too – there’s something for everyone! Fine dining in the city can sometimes be hit or miss. Restaurant prices tend to be naturally inflated due to the prime premises locations. However, one restaurant that hits the nail on the head in terms of great food and superb atmosphere that match the menu prices is The French Café on Symonds Street. Take your taste buds on a tour of France and lavish in the elegant but comfortable setting. The rise of the celebrity chef is upon us and it can seem as though anyone who’s anyone is opening their own restaurant. Peter Gordon however, is one celebrity chef who’s definitely up to par. Located in one of Auckland’s most prestigious hotels, The Sky City Grand Hotel, Dine by Peter Gordon will offer you a foodie experience that you won’t soon forget. When The Grove in Central Auckland lost it’s head chef there were a few unhappy faces, but luckily for us, Sid Sahrawat has opened his very own establishment, SidArt, on Ponsonby Road. This is a fine dining experience that is all about the food with each plate that comes to your table being a work of art by the chef. The menu is simply priced with all starters being $22 and all mains being $35. If you’re a food lover that hates the stuffiness surround some fine dining establishments then this is definitely the place for you. If the exquisite food at Clooney on Sale Street doesn’t get your attention then the décor certainly will. Previously a derelict warehouse, the Clooney dining room is dimly lit, minimalist and strangely inviting. Their menu is also inviting featuring delights such as Crispy Confit Duck Leg and Slow Cooked Lamb Loin. This place is a feast for the senses, eyes, ears and most definitely mouth! Fine dining certainly makes an evening extra special, but for something that little bit more special, check out Mollies Boutique Hotel. You don’t have to be a resident to eat in their superb dining room but why not go the extra mile for that special occasion and spend the night. Everything about this place oozes chic class and Other restaurants worthy of mention include: One Tree Grill, Epsom, Auckland The White House Restaurant, Oriental Bay,  Wellington Ambelis, Mt Victoria, Wellington Bowmans Restaurant, Mt Eden, Auckland Acacia Restaurant & Garden Bar, The Novotel Hotel, Ellerslie, Auckland  

20 April 2010 Updated August 2011

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  1. Clyde Quay Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington City, Wellington
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  3. 9 Pah Road, Epsom, Auckland, Auckland
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  5. 166 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland
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  7. 210 Symonds Street, Auckland, Auckland
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  9. SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland Central, Auckland City, Auckland
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  11. Level 1, Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland City, Auckland
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  13. 33 Sale Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland City, Auckland
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  15. 6 Tweed Street, Auckland, Auckland
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  17. Ground Level, 82 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington City, Wellington

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