Best place to eat in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland – as chosen by you

by | Jun 15, 2022 | News

Chosen by you, for you, the first ever Dish Cult Icon Awards are the chance for you to fix on the favourite places to eat in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland – and beyond.

Voting opens today with you, the public, able to have your say on favourite bars, eateries, cafes and restaurants in New Zealand’s largest city, as well as further afield. With 127 finalists from more than 100 venues vying for the best in 10 categories, there is a wide range of dining styles – from café brunches to fine food destinations.

“The Cult Icon Awards will result in a list of the hottest places – be they whānau-friendly or the best cocktails or breakfasts worth waking up for. And with these new awards, it’s the customers that will have a say,” says Dish Cult New Zealand editor Grace Noles. “They will not only be putting places on the map for locals, with Dish Cult they will be reaching millions of people around the world.”

Dish Cult’s site for reviews and recommendations is becoming one of Auckland’s favourite dining companions for great eating out experiences. Powered by ResDiary, Dish Cult is the booking partner of more than 400 of New Zealand’s most popular dining venues. It launched in Auckland in November 2019, and in little more than two years has grown into a world-wide hospitality hub, expanding into 50 countries across the globe, featuring venues from more than 80 cities and locations.

Noles was joined by Joyce Lau of Food Review NZ and Ayaan Shaikh of Auck Eats to create the shortlist for the categories – Bottomless Brunch, Cafes We Love, Classic Kiwi Service, Cult Favourite Dish, Daily Kickstarter (breakfasts worth waking up for), Dessert to Die For, Favourite Signature Cocktail, Food Worth Travelling For, Hottest New Opening and Whānau Friendly.

It’s now up voters to choose the winner of each category for places, dishes and drinks they’ve enjoyed since July 2021. Votes are open now on and they will be collated until midnight on Saturday, July 2. The 10 category winners will then go in the running to be the ultimate winner – the Cult Icon of the Year – an accolade decided by the three Dish Cult reviewers and announced on July 6, 2022.

“Our followers look to us for recommendations of the best places to go, so making the shortlist was no easy feat – they had to provide consistently good food, or we couldn’t recommend them. There are seasoned faves, along with new places to discover”, says Noles.

The compiled shortlist would suggest that with 31 nominations, Ponsonby/Karangahape Road/Jervois Road area is Auckland’s favourite food haunt, however Auckland’s city centre, with the Viaduct and Britomart, features 27 times. But it isn’t only the central suburbs that make the list – loved locals in Albany, Clevedon, Howick, Mount Wellington, Whenuapai and Waiheke Island are in the mix. There are also 14 places with Food Worth Travelling For, from across New Zealand.

The Cult Icon Award winner will be announced in Auckland on July 6. And as well as winning an enviable list of places to eat and drink, all those who vote will go into the draw to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards.

The full list of 2022 Cult Icon finalists

 Bottomless Brunch:                                      

  • Dr Rudi’s, Viaduct
  • ELMO’S, Ponsonby
  • OhSO, Ponsonby
  • Pilkingtons, Auckland CBD
  • The Lula Inn, Viaduct
  • Tucks & Bao, Newmarket
  • Tucks & Bao, Takapuna
  • Wu & You, Mount Eden


Cafes we love:

  • Amano, Britomart
  • Bestie, Karangahape Road
  • Cornwall Park Café, One Tree Hill
  • Crave Café, Morningside
  • Dear Jervois, Herne Bay
  • Fields Cafe, Albany
  • Honey Bones, Grey Lynn
  • Newbie, Newmarket
  • Odettes Eatery, Auckland CBD
  • Orphan’s Kitchen, Ponsonby
  • Ozone Coffee Roasters, Grey Lynn
  • Sugar at Chelsea Bay, Birkenhead
  • The Farmhouse, Clevedon
  • Williams Eatery, Wynyard Quarter


Classic Kiwi Service:

  • Amano, Britomart
  • Andiamo, Herne Bay
  • Azabu, Mission Bay
  • Baduzzi, Wynyard Quarter
  • Bar Celeste, Karangahape Road
  • Hēmi, Victoria Park Market
  • Hotel Ponsonby, Ponsonby
  • Ki Māha, Waiheke Island
  • Lilian, Grey Lynn
  • Ozone Coffee Roasters, Grey Lynn
  • Prego, Ponsonby
  • Soul, Viaduct
  • SPQR, Ponsonby


Cult Favourite Dish:

  • Best Ugly Bagel, Auckland CBD – King Salmon Bagel
  • Crave Café, Morningside – Benediction
  • Depot Eatery, Auckland CBD – Fergus’ Bone Marrow
  • ELMO’S, Ponsonby – Truffle Shuffle Pizza
  • Federal Delicatessen, Auckland CBD – Toast Reuben
  • Hello Beasty, Auckland CBD – Prawn & Crab Toast
  • Homeland, Westhaven – Turkish Eggs
  • Omni, Mt Eden – Katsu Sando
  • Onslow Auckland CBD – Crayfish Eclair
  • Orphan’s Kitchen, Ponsonby – Southland Cheese Roll
  • Pici, Karangahape Road – Cacio e Pepe
  • Prego, Ponsonby – Prego Pie
  • Sneaky Snacky, Auckland CBD – Donut Burger
  • Soul, Viaduct – Macaroni & Cheese with Ham
  • The Blue Breeze Inn, Ponsonby – Choc Pot


Day Kickstarter – Breakfasts worth waking up for:

  • Chuffed, Auckland CBD
  • Dear Jervois, Herne Bay
  • Hello Friends + Allies, Epsom
  • Homeland, Westhaven
  • Lola Café, Mt Wellington
  • Odettes Eatery, Auckland CBD
  • Orphan’s Kitchen, Ponsonby
  • Ozone Coffee Roasters, Grey Lynn
  • Patch Café, Hillcrest
  • Rosie, Parnell
  • The Garden Shed, Mount Eden
  • Urban in East, Howick
  • Wander, Wynyard Quarter
  • Woolfy’s, Highbrook
  • Wren Café, Remuera


Dessert to die for:

  • Cibo, Parnell – Cibo’s Famous Pavlova
  • Depot Eatery, Auckland CBD – Cookie Skillet
  • Duck Island, Ponsonby – Hand-crafted Ice Cream
  • Elisabeth, Kingsland – Elisabeth’s Gateaux
  • Gemmayze Street, Karangahape Road – Sablé Tart
  • Hapunan, roaming food truck – Ube Ice Cream Donut
  • Pici, Karangahape Road – Cheesecake with EVOO
  • The Blue Breeze Inn, Ponsonby – Choc Pot
  • The Caker, Karangahape Road – Degustation Cake
  • The Pie Piper, Auckland CBD – Banoffee Cream Pie


Favourite signature cocktail:

  • Andiamo, Herne Bay – Herne Bay Gimlet
  • Bedford & Soda Liquor, Ponsonby – Hawaiian Time
  • Bellini, Auckland CBD – Rosa Bellini
  • Clipper, Ponsonby – Pan Am Cocktail
  • Coop’s Corner Pub, Auckland CBD – Mulled Margaritas
  • Dr Rudi’s, Viaduct – Campo Viejo Sangria
  • Hotel Ponsonby, Ponsonby – G&T On Tap
  • INCA, Ponsonby – Frozen Margarita
  • Kiss Kiss Eatery, Mount Eden – Go-Go Mango
  • Lillian, Grey Lynn – Pisco and Pineapple/Pear
  • Odettes Eatery, Auckland CBD – Bloody Mary
  • Scarlett Slimms & Lucky, Mount Eden – Fish Bowl
  • Soul, Viaduct – Pornstar Martini
  • The Glass Goose, Auckland CBD – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  • The Good Luck Coconut, Wynyard Quarter – Jungle Book


Food worth travelling for:

  • Amisfield, Queenstown
  • Chop Shop, Arrowtown
  • Francesca’s Kitchen, Christchurch
  • Luke’s Kitchen, Coromandel
  • Ombra, Wellington
  • Pegasus Bay, North Canterbury
  • Plato, Dunedin
  • Plume, Matakana
  • Rata, Queenstown
  • Roxie’s Red-Hot Cantina, Mount Maunganui
  • Shed 5, Wellington
  • The Bunker, Queenstown
  • The Oyster Inn, Waiheke Island
  • The Shed te Motu, Waiheke Island


Hottest new opening:

  • Bali Nights, Grey Lynn
  • Bar Magda, Newton
  • Fat Belly Deli, Ponsonby
  • Fat Kitty Café, Dominion Rd
  • Green Door Pizza, Auckland CBD
  • INCA, Ponsonby
  • Lucky 8, Ponsonby
  • Milenta, Freeman’s Bay
  • Mumbaiwala, Ponsonby
  • Nanny’s Eatery, Kingsland
  • Picco Eatery, Glendowie
  • Taco Medic, Ponsonby
  • The Bridgman, Mount Eden
  • The Broken Lantern, Mount Eden
  • The Fox, Viaduct


Whānau friendly:

  • Akarana Eatery, Orakei
  • Albert’s Post, Mount Albert
  • Archie’s Pizzeria, Newmarket
  • Beaufort & Co, Oteha
  • Charlie & George, Stonefields
  • Circus Circus, Mount Eden
  • Coco’s Cantina, Karangahape Road
  • Cornwall Park Café, One Tree Hill
  • Fields Cafe, Albany
  • Hallertau, Clevedon
  • Hallertau, Riverhead
  • Morningside Tavern, Morningside
  • Percy, Māngere
  • Sugar at Chelsea, Birkenhead
  • The Parkhouse, Whenuapai



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