Calling All Foodies! Restaurant Month Is Coming

Foodies… mark your calendars!

Restaurant Month is returning to Auckland’s city centre in the Heart of the City this August! Celebrating the past, present and future is a stellar line up of world class dining establishments, exciting events and exceptional local talent. 

Every day of August, well-loved dining establishments will be serving up menus at three price points – $25, $40 and $55+ per person. Diners can discover the myriad of city centre eateries through menus especially created for Restaurant Month. 

Experience a mix of academic and industry events, all designed to stimulate discussion, explore tastes, and showcase the potential of food.

One-off Extraordinary Evenings will include a night of nostalgia with New Zealand’s Godfather of fine dining, Tony Astle who is teaming up with FISH‘s Des Harris. QT Esther’s celebrity chef Sean Connolly will collaborate with Jiwon Do from Wellington’s iconic Hippopotamus to serve up some spectacular French fare. 

A taste of what’s on offer in the 2022 Chef’s Table Series is a ‘Kiwi Road Trip on a Platter’ created by Rob Ede-Hope of Park Hyatt’s Auckland Onemata, a sustainable Pacific-inspired seafood feast by Tom Hishon and Uelese Mua of kingi – Cuisine’s Top Hotel Restaurant 2022 – and a formal Japanese omakase menu by Fred Wong in the revamped Commercial Bay hotspot PONI. This annual favourite offers diners a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with some of the city centre’s top chefs through an evening of food and conversation, gaining an intimate glimpse into the chef’s personalities, careers, and culinary inspirations.

Rob Ede-Hope of Park Hyatt’s Auckland Onemata – Tom Hishon of kingi – Fred Wong of PONI

Those who fancy a winter party can check out Fiesta in the Lane, a night of food, wine and live music in Everybody’s and Imperial Lane. 

At the AUT Gastronomy & Culinary Winter Series programme, be served drag-inspired fare by Culprit’s Trolley Dollies and experience delicious food and drink matches with not only wine, but whisky and margaritas.

Returning favourites include the perfect excuse for a mid-week catch up – Social Hour, with some of the top bars in the city centre plating up their most ‘grammable’ combinations of creative cocktails and beautiful bites and the heady colours and spice of Bollywood Night at IVillage.

This year’s line up of enviable events also highlight the calibre of hotel restaurants in the city centre – making it the perfect staycation or time to visit Auckland (especially with borders opening July 31).

Six hotels are hosting events this Restaurant Month – SO/Auckland, Hotel Britomart, QT Auckland, Pullman Auckland, Park Hyatt Auckland, and Hilton Auckland.

Indulge your tastebuds with the depth of talent and breadth of cuisine on offer in the heart of the city, supporting and celebrating the local hospitality sector.

Access into the city centre has never been cheaper throughout the month of August, with half price public transport and parking starting from $2 per hour. 

Find more information on Restaurant Month 2022 in the Heart of the City, including a full list of participating restaurants available now and menus available from July 18 at heartofthecity.co.nz/restaurant-month

Check out the full event schedule below!


Restaurant Month Event Schedule – Overview

Chef’s Table Series:

Chef’s Table at PŌNI with Fred Wong – Wednesday, August 3, 6pm $140 pp

Chef’s Table at Harbour Society with Marty Kindleysides – Wednesday, August 10, 6pm $165 pp

Chef’s Table at Onemata with Rob Hope-Ede – Thursday, August 11, 6pm, $180 pp 

Chef’s Table at kingi with Tom Hishon and Uelese Mua – Wednesday, August 24, 6 pm $175 pp

Chef’s Table at Esther with Sean Connolly – Friday, August 26, 6pm $150 pp 

Extraordinary Evenings:
Esther’s French Fling with Hippopotamus – Wednesday, August 24, 6.30pm, $205 pp
MASU Unleashed – Friday, August 12, first tour starts at 5.30pm $240 pp 
A Night of Antoine’s with Tony Astle – Wednesday, August 31, 6.30pm $295 pp 

Other events:

Fiesta in the Lane – Thursday, August 18, 6 pm $18 pp
Bollywood Night at I Village – Saturday, August 27 2022, 6.30pm $120 pp via iTICKET

Flight of the Dry Aged – Tapestry Dining Pullman Hotel, Wednesday, August 10 2022 5.30pm, 6.45pm, 8pm, $55 pp. Bookings via tapestrydining@pullmanauckland.co.nz

Margarita Masterclass – Ceviche Bar by Besos Latinos, Every Sunday, August 7, 14, 21 and 28 2022, 3pm – 4.30pm, $85 pp via Eventfinda

AUT Gastronomy & Culinary Winter Series 2022 – various events 16-26 August. Visit – aut.ac.nz/events/winter-series-2022 to book

Vivace Whisky Dinner – Monday, August 15 2022, 4 courses – $100 per person. Bookings via info@vivacerestaurant.co.nz

Culprit Trolley Dollies #2 – Thursday, August 25, 5.30pm or 8pm (2 hour sitting), $160 pp. Booking via Culprit’s website

Taste of the City – walking food tours with Lincoln’s Table – Tour one: 2-5pm Saturday, August 6, Tour two: 2-5pm Saturday, August 13. Tickets $69 pp. To book go to www.lincolnstable.co.nz