Excitement is slowly building up with Auckland Restaurant Month (ARM) kicking off next month. Last year, I was away from Auckland for most of August, so I did not manage to make the most of the special menus. But this time round, I’ll be in Auckland and I can’t wait!
So what is it all about? Well, think of it like a Foodie Celebration of Auckland central dining with over 100 participating restaurants offering special menus (with three price categories: $25, $40 or $55+), exclusive tasting and one-off culinary events.
This year, the Official Launch Party is on Wednesday 31 July at Shed 10. The tickets are priced at $95. Earlybird tickets (priced at around $220) for The Chef Taste of Dining Series which are on every Wednesday for the month of August are available now.
I’ve managed to have a look at some of the ARM menus online, and here are a few of my picks. You can find more information about the event, participating restaurants and menus here.
Ostro and City Terrace – Three course dinner for $65. I always have a great time at Ostro. Exceptional fresh food paired with friendly staff and an excellent view. This will be a great opportunity for those who have yet to experience Ostro
Cafe Hanoi – $55 pp for an eight course sharing menu. I’ve never tried Cafe Hanoi but I have heard great things about their Vietnamese cuisine. Menu available for groups of 3 or more.
Gusto – $40 for two course; lunch or dinner. They have a time limit for this ARM menu at Gusto (lunch, 12 to 2:30PM; dinner, 5 to 6:15PM). Gusto is on my 2014 dining wishlist and I’m keen to try. The limited menu and dining shot is not the most ideal, but would be good to stop by for an Italian lunch.
Morita – $50 for five course dinner. Reading Heartshrooms review and salivating over her photos meant that I was extra excited when I saw Mortia on the list of restaurants participating at this year’s ARM.
I’m also planning of going to this year’s Street Eats which involves the central city restaurants cooking up their favourite street food. This is taking place on 23 August at Shed 10 from 10:30AM to 8:00PM.
Being its fourth year, the event just gets better and better. Are you planning on attending this year? If so, which restaurant in particular?
Check out Genie from Bunny. Eat. Designs to see her Top 10 picks 🙂