Quality Hotel Parnell
20 Gladstone Road
Phone: (64) 9 3033789
Fax: (64) 9 3773309
Bars & Cafes
Cuba was the first "cigar bar" in town. Drawing an upmarket crowd of smokers and drinkers, Cuba is packed after work and most weekends. With its trademark stone exterior, Cuba makes a strong statement about individuality. While the interior is more spartan than extravagant, Cuba is for people who know what they like and are not afraid to show it. While cigars are the main theme, wine, cocktails and beer round out the offerings. With a giant humidor and an impressive wine list, Cuba exemplifies the attitude of "if it feels good, do it".
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.
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.
El Nino is a stylish bar and restaurant with a Latin American beat. Old farm implements and antique bric-a-brac adorn the walls and the ceilings have high wooden beams. Their specialty is South American cuisine and their fajitas are especially good. The wine and beverage list is extensive - a frozen margarita at the bar makes a good starter or refreshing end to your meal. There is a big screen in the bar area for watching sports and a small walled-off area containing several poker machines. A large, internal, roofed, brick courtyard area is available for private functions.
A joint that caters to all your gastronomic needs—The Café at Hyatt Regency Auckland, is an extension of luxury provided by the latter. Then be it buffet breakfast or a well presented meal, this café does it with a care that borders exuberance. An elaborate menu of pizzas, sandwiches, signature dishes like the tamarind glazed roast duck and choicest of seafood, followed by delectable sweet treats make for great luncheon and evening supper. Well-furnished, reasonably-priced eatery teamed with the ever so famous upscale hospitality of Hyatt hotels—this café is as good as it gets.
An ideal place for pre-meal drinks, The Lobby Bar at Hyatt Regency Auckland, breaks the formal 'Black Tie' attitude you'd find in other parts of the hotel. This bar indeed is a blend of casual attitude in a classy ambiance. Have signature cocktails along with toothsome appetizers like spicy chicken Tikka or a 'gourmet burger'. Confused between keeping an appointment and viewing a sports match? At Lobby bar you can do both, for here you will find a large screen television that telecasts sporting events. Meetings, rendezvous or de-stressing, whatever be the reason, The lobby bar is at your service. The bar opens daily at 11 a.m.
Zarbo is popular all day long with shoppers and local workers, and gourmets looking for those unusual and imported deli items. It occupies a large and open space, and the walls are packed with delicacies from around the world. Enjoy your coffee and food at comfortable tables, set in a buzzing environment.With an almost limitless food selection based on their ever-evolving deli counter, containing everything from salads to slices, Zarbo is a food lover's paradise. They serve great coffee too. Car parking is available on the roof.