Quality Hotel Parnell
20 Gladstone Road
Phone: (64) 9 3033789
Fax: (64) 9 3773309
One of the Parnell originals, this fine-dining restaurant opened in 1973. The surroundings are sophisticated and intimate, with tables indoors and on the vine-entwined veranda. Antoine's is popular for romantic dinners and for impressive business dinners. The cuisine displays a French influence through both menus. From the Nostalgia menu, try the Seafood chowder. The contemporary menu offers numerous game entrees ranging from rabbit to oxtail. All mains are served with vegetables.
Athidi enjoys a peaceful setting within the Parnell Village, with views of the city and harbor. The restaurant is decorated in warm, inviting colors and lengths of beautiful Indian sari fabric. Patrons can eat outside on the veranda or patio. Their fabulous masalas are prepared on the premises and are used in such delicacies as Machi Tikka "awesome fish"-boneless fish fillets in green masala, herbs and spices, cooked over the tandoor. All meals are served with complimentary rice. Chutney's is licensed and you may bring you own wine only.
The owner, Hooi Hing, is a graduate of Les Roches, a Swiss hotel and catering school, and has managed several 5-star hotel restaurants. Exotic, fragrant and aromatic, the menu embraces the cuisine from Bali to Bangkok and India to Indochina. The menu will delight Asian food lovers, from the marinated raw terakihi (fish) in lime jus coated with ginger coconut dressing to Bebek Sumatra boneless roast duck in fragrant green chili curry. Cool down the palate with a refreshing dessert of lychee sorbet. The Java Room is licensed, with a good selection of mainly New Zealand wines.
One of the most popular Thai restaurants in Parnell, this is certainly a local's choice. They boast two distinct dining areas—the cafe-style patio out on the street, or the traditional Thai dining room at the back, with its embroidery and triangular cushions. Authentic Thai cuisine is helpfully labelled for its spice content. The sour chicken soup with lemon grass and coconut cream is a sure bet, as is the Muslim beef curry served with jasmine rice. They are both licensed and bring your own wine. The wine list is small and reasonably priced, but you are better off going with a Singha beer.
Located in the trendy suburb of Parnell, Veranda Bar & Grill is an enduringly popular venue. Almost always crowded, "VBG" caters for a well-heeled urban business crowd who do not look at price tags and who know how to have fun. The food is simple but excellent. Try bangers and mash, or a classic Thai chicken curry. The menu is seasonal but certain favorites are always available. The wine selection is vast but pricey. Wine connoisseurs will love this place. Imported beers and classy cocktails are also on offer.
Iguacu has prospered near the top of Parnell Rise for many years now. They must be getting something right. This is an inviting place; look for the gas flame welcoming you. Although large and busy, the restaurant retains a friendly atmosphere, due to the division into various indoor, outdoor and upstairs dining and bar areas. Live entertainment is a feature and the jazz session on Sunday afternoons is popular. An extensive menu of brasserie style food is available with everything from burgers to pasta or steak and vegetarian dishes.
Located in the heart of Parnell Village, Non Solo Pizza combines the traditional with the contemporary. The large restaurant seats 90, and a further 80 in the brick courtyard. Displays of preserved vegetables and fresh bread, the wood-fired pizza oven and the marble fireplace, lend character. The menu is sumptuous and extensive from antipasti to Fritto Misto di Mare-a selection of squid, prawn, fish and octopus to a wood-fired oven pizza, such as Al Sapore di Mare with shellfish, baby octopus, calamari, prawns, chilli, garlic, oregano and rocket. There is an extensive wine and beverage list.
Brothers Gino and Kiro began the chain of Portofino Italian restaurants several years ago. The decor of Portofino Parnell is smart but minimalist, with dark wood paneling. Diners include businesspeople and families, as well as couples tucked away in romantic corner spots. As well as pasta dishes the menu features delicacies such as Veal Marsala, Pollo Parmigiana, Bistecca Diana as well as calamari, prawns and mussels served as either entrees or mains. All Portofino Restaurants are fully licensed.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock is a comfy, unpretentious cafe in the heart of upmarket Parnell. They have a great selection of breakfast and lunch delights, including some truly fantastic filled panini and brunch dishes such as creamed mushrooms on toast. The coffee is well brewed and there is a small selection of wines, beers, spirits and liqueurs. The service is friendly and the pace unrushed.
Trinity Cafe embodies the spirit of the suburb of Parnell-sleek, tasteful and comfortably stylish. It is a great place to people watch whilst dining on a delicious brunch, such as mushrooms on toast or eggs Florentine with spinach and salmon. Lunch time fare includes Caesar salad, calamari with lime and sweet chili salad and corn fritters with bacon and salad.
TriBeCa Restaurant and Bar is situated in the landmark, red brick building which formerly housed the Institute for the Blind. Light and airy, and set back from the hustle and bustle, TriBeCa offers relaxed dining both indoors and in the brick courtyard. The menu is a tantalizing selection of international cuisine--Moroccan seared tuna; a confit of wood-smoked quail; or green peppercorn rubbed venison for example. The beverage list is extensive, from juices, shakes and coffee through to beer and a good selection of wine.
Nickies Thai Restaurant, is a popular Thai food joint at Newmarket in Auckland. A complete Thai experience with 'Thai wall paintings, carvings, a large tank of fish and soft Thai music playing in the background with authentic food to please your tastebuds. Staff is efficient and the service is speedy. The menu is vast with a complete list of vegetarian dishes too. Try the "Kao Pad Kra Praw Gai", "Satay Gai Bon Kao", " Nuan Chuan Chim", "Goong Med", "Pla Lerd Ros" and the ultra spicy "Tom Yum Goong soup". Beer, wines are also served for those looking for cool accompaniments with the spicy food. One can also opt for something sweet with Black lava or Kahlua cheesecake for dessert. The restaurant closes in the afternoon and opens in the evening again at 5 p.m.