Auckland: Citizen Park

Citizen Park has been on my 2014 Dining Wishlist since the beginning of the year and I finally made my way there for a catch up lunch with my dining companion. Located in Kingsland, this effortlessly cool eatery has an amazing trendy and laid back vibe. Citizen Park has great indoor and outdoor flow with a large courtyard that has tables of varying sizes and I personally love the industrialised charm and the steel frame shelving.

We made the most of the stunning weather on Sunday and sat in the courtyard so we could enjoy the sun as well as the food. There was ample choices on the menu, but we both ended up ordering the tuna salad. The use of fresh ingredients was very evident in this dish. The slices of confit tuna were perfectly prepared and kept the fatty fish moist and fresh. This combined with potato, blanched green beans and pickled red onion, made the perfect salad. I’ve been loving anything pickled and the red onion in the salad gave a sharp tart taste which helped neutralised the fatty tuna. The use of pine nuts gave it a nice crunch and we both cleared our plates with ease.

Despite the portion looking small, the size was very adequate for us. The combination of the starch in the potato and the fish is rather filling and we left with a very satisfied belly!

Throughout the lunch, we had very attentive service and the staff were friendly and courteous. Overall, Citizen Park is an ideal location to sit back and relax; the ample street parking around Kingsland is a bonus! If salads are not your thing, their menu offers more hearty options like burgers and hot dogs. I look forward to coming back and trying their tacos and baby back ribs!

Citizen Park | Location: 422 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland | Food: Southern Californian