Some restaurants in prime location, such as Auckland Central, often has a high-priced menu and this is due to factors including expensive rent. So when I find beautiful restaurants located in the heart of Auckland’s fashion and business district that serves dishes that are both delicious and good value for money, it feels like that I have discovered a gem.
No. 1 High Street, as the name suggests, is located on the front end of High Street where it is walking distance to luxury boutiques and fine dining restaurants. It is marketed as a sophisticated and stylish venue and it has a 1900s styled main bar, wooden flooring, big columns, ceiling features and a stylish dining area which creates an overall contemporary and chic atmosphere. With such a glamorous decor, one would usually expect an expensive menu especially when it is situated in a good location, however, this is not the case. The cost for entrees and mains at No. High Street is not only very reasonable, it’s also well worth your money considering the portion size – less than $10 for entrees and around $15-25 for mains. Anyhow, lets get to the food.
For entrees, we shared three between the four of us. The sticky chicken wings glazed with barbecue sauce was indeed very sticky and had a hot kick that went well with our pints of beer. The fried red wine chorizo served with pickled onions and dates was great together and surprisingly not very spicy. The chargrilled holoumi cheese and summer vegetable skewers were a little disappointing. The cheese would have benefited with more grill time, and in this case, it slightly rubbery and lacked the crispy texture on the outer surface.
For mains, I opted for the fish and chips. The gurnard had a light and crispy Monteiths Radler Beer batter and the fish was succulent. It was served with a side of chunky chips and a garden salad. The house beef burger was delightful. The juicy patty was moist and well seasoned and the best part was the soft toasted brioche which is a nice change from regular buns. The Cloudy Bay clam linguine in a tomato broth was decent with an ample serving of clams. The Angus beef eye fillet with baby carrots and panko crumbed croquette was dressed with a creamy bernaise sauce. The steak was average and my least favourite dish out of the four.
I quite enjoyed my night at No. 1 High Street. The dinner only costed $100 for the four of us and that included the 25% discount with the Entertainment Gold Card. An ideal location for a casual dinners, afterwork drinks or private functions.
Date: Saturday 14th July, 2012 | Location: 1 High Street, Auckland CBD | Food: Causal Dining