Auckland’s best restaurants bring you level 3 food
The culprit will be back in the kitchen and serve amazing food at level 3. Photo / Supplied
The passage to level 3 feels like a baby step this time. The restrictions are still heavy, the bubbles are still small and the daycare centers are still closed. There’s one thing level 3 will give us that got me so excited it’s kinda scary. Take out is back, baby!
Like everyone else, I can’t wait to kiss a fatty fast food as quick as possible, but once that itch is scratched, I’m going to want something special. As was the case the last time we were in this position, some of Auckland’s most award-winning restaurants have embraced their new standard and packed their gourmet delights for us to take home.
By no means is this a comprehensive list of all the take out food that will be available in Auckland, but rather a list of high end restaurants that serve gourmet meals. We all deserve something a little whimsical after the past six weeks. Is not it ?
Auckland’s innovative restaurant will offer meal kits to recreate the experience in your own kitchen. Their Cuplrit @ Home offer includes a selection of starters, main courses, sides and desserts. The menu is pre-established, apart from the main course, where you have the choice between a lamb shoulder simmered with black garlic glaze, oregano and lamb jus, fennel shavings, raddichio and feta or a simmered pork cheek served with pork and apple juice, pear butter frosting with spices, raddichio and minced pear and crackle of puffed pork.
The meal is for two people and comes with instructions on how to heat, assemble, and dress your meal so you feel like you’re really dining out. Culprit now offers pre-orders of its meal kits on its website. Meals cost $ 125 and serve two. Enter quickly because the upcoming Fridays and Saturdays are already full.
Level 1/12 Wyndham St, Auckland CBD
All of the amazing Cazador Deli products will be available at level 3, including their pies, baked goods, sandwiches, and most importantly, their amazing baskets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, it will offer a specific dinner offer, this week deer skewers grilled over charcoal with flatbread, saffron rice, hummus and traditional condiments.
As the number of meal kits is limited, Cazador recommends pre-ordering. You can also add wine to your orders if you wish. The deal is guaranteed to be popular, so jump in early and pre-order.
854 Dominion Road, Mont Eden
The last time Auckland went from level 4 to level 3, Cassia hit the ground running and this time will be no exception. The only difference is that Sid Sahrawat and his team will only offer pickup this time around, no delivery service.
Their meal kits are designed to serve two people, with the order cut off at noon the day before pickup. There are three kits available, a vegetarian, chicken and lamb kit. The cost ranges from $ 90 to $ 95. Your meal includes snacks, starters, main courses, sides and a tiramisu for dessert. If Goan lamb chops or tandoori chicken seem like the best idea ever, then this is for you. All you have to do is heat up and eat.
5 Fort Lane, Auckland CBD
Sid at the French CafÃ©
Another great offer from Sid Sahrawat and the chefs of the French CafÃ©. They have designed three reheat and eat meal kits that are available for pre-order online. Takeout options are available Thursday through Sunday. French CafÃ© meal kits cost $ 95 and serve two, with one order cut at noon the day before pickup.
Options include the chef’s signature meal kit with a starter of tuna, scallops, kohlrabi and watercress, duck main with kumara puree, masterstock and boy choy, green salad and homemade bread and butter on the side and a chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut for dessert. There is also a vegetarian and pescatarian offering which is equally drool-worthy.
210 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace
The delicious Ampersand restaurant in East Auckland will offer everything we missed the most on level 4, including your morning coffee. During the day, it will offer a range of goodies to take away including your flat white, cheese scones, blueberry muffins, gourmet sandwiches and truffle parmesan fries.
For a break from evening cooking, Ampersand offers everything from red wine and port glazed beef cheeks with smoked mashed potatoes to a crispy farmhouse chicken burger. Don’t forget to order dessert, they’ll serve their signature Gooey Caramel Pudding with salted caramel and whipped cream.
4/228 Orakei Road, Orakei
This central Auckland restaurant was named by Viva’s restaurant review team as Auckland’s best, and the title is well deserved. The team can’t wait to get back to the kitchen and offer a pickup service when we reach level 3. The offer will be a two-course, ready-to-eat set menu that will change daily.
The dinner offer will be valid three days a week, from Thursday to Saturday, but orders must be placed before 1:00 p.m. the day before. The two-course meal for two is $ 85. The options change daily, with prime rib, kohlrabi, kale and nam jung, and a brioche and butter pudding to follow.
Corner of Galway & Commerce Sts, Britomart
Best known for its carefully crafted tasting menus, The Grove has mixed things up for Level 3 offering take out orders. The offer is a three-course meal, designed for two people for $ 120. You can choose your options for the starter, the main course and the dessert, but you will have to agree because you will enjoy the same options.
Choices include chicken, bacon, and leek terrine for starters, beef cheek Wellington for the main course, and banoffee pie for dessert. There are of course several other dishes to choose from, including vegetarian options.
St Patrick’s Square, Wyndham Street
Ebisu offers a small menu of some of their selected favorites for level three foodies. Indulge in a selection of fresh sashimi and sushi or opt for their new omakase dishes designed for four to six people and featuring a mix of ready-to-eat and hot dishes to finish at home.
Ebisu also gets extra ‘yay’ points as they will also have bottled cocktails available to order including yuzu margaritas, yuhi negroni, and lychee sake tinis).
116-118 Quay Street
A tree grill
Epsom favorite One Tree Grill will offer its famous take-out and delivery fare (Epsom only for a $ 10 fee). You can choose from a selection of starters, main courses, sides and desserts.
Your meal will be assembled in ready-to-eat take-out boxes. Offerings include citrus-dried king salmon for the entree, main choices include twice-baked pork belly or musk-pumpkin ricotta gnocchi, vegetable side dishes include mashed potatoes smoke and dessert options such as vanilla creme caramel or dark chocolate mousse are available to you.
Orders can be made online, these are not pre-ordered kits so order the night you want to enjoy it but allow 45 minutes to an hour for preparation, this is not fast food.
9 Pah Road, Epsom
One Tree Grill’s little brother, Little Jimmy’s is still a wonderful dining experience and at Level 3 they bring it home. Their menu for delivery (Epsom only) and contactless pickup is cheap and varied, and Jimmy’s is the only restaurant on this list that has specific options for kids.
Pair wagyu prime rib with a stroll of their famous fried fries while the kids share one of their gourmet pizzas or their own cheeseburger. Then choose between cheesecake and date pudding for dessert.
557 Manukau Road, Epsom