This stylish contemporary sushi bar offers fresh, innovative sushi and hot Japanese dishes, prepared while you wait.

‘Old values, new attitude’ is how the team at Smart Sushi sum themselves up – that, and ‘sushi people rave about!’ The to-rave-about sushi is self-evident: spankingly fresh ingredients, scrupulously sourced and prepared in a range of traditional and new styles. The old values, new attitude approach is also clearly discernible, the modern Japanese detailing of the tiny store echoing the ‘new take on traditional cuisine’ values of the food. And while hard work, discipline and passion all customarily underpin the making of great sushi, for Smart Sushi it’s also all about warm, friendly service and the personal touch.

Japanese cooking and catering

As well as an innovative range of fresh sushi, Smart Sushi offers Japanese dishes such as donburi, katsu, tempura and udon noodle soup, prepared hot while you wait. Open seven days a week, Smart Sushi is great for a healthy lunch on the go or for picking up dinner on the way home from work. If you’d rather linger, there are tables in the covered Atrium area. Smart Sushi also offers corporate and private event catering, serving up beautifully presented party packs handcrafted by a master sushi chef. Talk to the team at Smart Sushi about any catering enquiries.

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They may claim fondness for a bit of ‘mammal-straddling malarkey’, but when it comes to great food and coffee, the team at Shaky Isles are deadly serious.

This second outlet of the much-loved cafe has plenty in common with its Kingsland cousin: signature cartoon graphics, offbeat interior design details and large-scale text reminders of why coffee is good for your personality.

The Britomart Shaky Isles, however, has an atmosphere all its own. Occupying the Customs Street East side of Excelsior House and extending into neighbouring Stanbeth House, it’s a large, characterful space that celebrates the layers of the building’s history.

Interesting historic details include the big wooden warehouse doors, ceiling rosettes and original rafters and exposed swathes of brick and plaster – all overlaid with lashings of Shaky Isles attitude.

A light food menu and seriously good coffee

The cafe’s food and drink menus focus on scrumptious dishes and superb coffee. Their breakfast and lunch options feature healthy bites like organic granola or avocado, heirloom tomato, goat’s cheese and tabbouleh on ciabatta plus a large selection of house-made counter food.

Their reputation for making damn fine coffee has been cemented with the introduction of syphon coffee, and the unveiling of a new filter bar serving up single origin coffee on the go.

And being just a hop and a skip from Vector Arena, it’s the perfect location for a pre-show bite. As well as free WiFi, Shaky Isles dishes out regular special offers – keep an eye on the Shaky Isles website for details.

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Like a small slice of Havana in the heart of Auckland City, Racket has a laid-back Cuban vibe, an impressive drinks list and a real nineteenth-century humidor.

Hidden down Roukai Lane, Racket’s rustic candlelit interior and eclectic array of antique furniture give this late-night rum and cocktail bar plenty of atmospheric charm.

Racket is next door to Orleans, and opens out onto the same secluded laneway.

With its tall trees, comfortable armchairs and a magnificent open fireplace, the lane is the perfect place to enjoy a genuine Cuban cigar from the bar’s antique humidor.


Premium run and live music

Racket is home to New Zealand’s finest collection of premium rum, an extensive selection of expertly made cocktails and a fridge full of international beers. It’s also one of Auckland’s entertainment hotspots, with live bands and DJs playing till the early hours six days a week.

Guaranteed to keep rocking long after the final curtain call, Racket is the ideal meeting point for a drink after (or before) a show at nearby Vector Arena.

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Delivering on its mission of ‘fresh, healthy food – fast!’, Pita Pit takes takeaways into a virtuous new dimension.

International success story Pita Pit is giving fast food a whole new healthy reputation. Gone are the processed ingredients, stodgy carbs and deep-frying of traditional takeaways. In their place are light pita shells, lean protein and plenty of crisp vegetables, freshly prepared and served up at high speed.

Every Pita Pit sandwich is made to order, starting with your choice of meat or vegetarian filling. You’ll see real meat grilled in front of you while you choose from a wide range of salads, spreads, cheeses and sauces; you can go as health-conscious or indulgent as you like.

Your pita is then assembled and rolled for you to enjoy fresh or toasted, on the run or in the friendly, informal atmosphere of the store.


Perfect pit stop day or night

The Pita Pit menu is designed to please just about every diet and appetite, from the calorie-conscious to the ‘bacon-and-cheese-with-extra-bacon’ lover.

Fillings range from roast lamb, beef and pork to tuna, falafel, hummus and babaganoush. Long-standing customer favourites include the Chicken Caesar and falafel with tzatziki and feta. Any pita can be served as a salad without the bread and smaller-sized and kids’ pitas are also available.

They even do catering so you can have pita platters delivered for your next meeting or function.

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This captivating brasserie and bar boasts a menu by Josh Emett, sweeping sea and city views and an interior celebrating the seafarers building’s colourful past.

Taking its name from the Italian word for ‘a southerly wind’, Ostro is a bold New Zealand interpretation of an international-style brasserie, with an upscale yet unpretentious atmosphere and multiple Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett at the culinary helm.

Ostro sweeps across the entire second floor of the Seafarers Building, a onetime home to transient sailors which is being transformed by the team behind Ebisu, Tyler Street Garage and Fukuko into six dynamic floors of eateries, bars, a screening room and a private members’ club.

The Seafarers development’s flagship eatery and bar is a literal feast for the senses. An all-weather terrace affords diners breathtaking views of Waitemata Harbour from the brasserie side, while glimpses of Britomart and the wider city can be enjoyed from the more casual City Terrace Bar.

All day dining and cocktails

Ostro’s all-day dining menu is seasonal and effortless, with Josh’s elegant, produce-driven culinary style on show. Small plates and fantastic bar food sate laid-back diners, while seafood platters and a raw bar serving fresh fish catches can be relished in an aptly seaside setting.

As well that unparalleled dining menu, Ostro’s enticing list of exotic libations numbers house-made rum, wine, non-alcoholic house-made sodas and an ever-evolving list of covetable cocktails whipped up by some of New Zealand’s most inventive mixologists.

The brasserie and bar’s simply chic fitout – designed by award-winning architects Fearon Hay – pays homage to the 1970s building’s industrial nature. Translucent glass block walls mirror Ostro’s beautifully aqueous outlook, with concertina glass walls opening up the expansive space.

The Ostro team is a who’s who of the New Zealand dining scene, with hospitality veterans Brendan Turner (EbisuTyler Street Garage), Cam Timmins (Mea Culpa, Fukuko), Paul Franich (42 Below New York, Matterhorn) and Vee Vasan (Hospital Club London) steering the brasserie and bar to greatness.

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With a style of ‘neighbourhood casual dining’ all its own, Ortolana is a chic little bistro concentrating on garden-to-table dining in a very verdant setting at The Pavilions.

Set within an elegantly sunlit conservatory at the heart of Britomart, Ortolana – meaning ‘market gardener’ – is a 90-seat contemporary bistro serving fresh, light food for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

An open kitchen implores diners to watch as their food is prepared, and the fitout is classic and understated, with textural organic linens, natural stone flooring and exposed brick walls offset by shelves laden with gleaming copper pots and jars of colourfully preserved produce.

European inspired food fresh from the garden

Aptly nestled beneath a lofty glass canopy within the garden-esque Pavilions complex, Ortolana’s ‘garden to fork’ philosophy dictates that all food served is locally sourced, with ingredients such as citrus, pecans and figs hailing from the Hipgroup’s orchard at Kumeu.

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Ortolana’s breads and baked goods are prepared fresh each day at sister eatery and artisan bakery The Store, while sweets and desserts are prepared at Milse.

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Blending the best music, liquor and food of its namesake city, this bar, restaurant and live music venue has all of the energy and charm of New Orleans itself.

Inspired by the culture, diversity and vibrancy of New Orleans and dreamt up by the team behind Mexico, the basic ingredients of this characterful Britomart venue are its upbeat yet relaxed atmosphere, its incredible food and its extraordinary value.

Located on quaintly cobbled Roukai Lane, everything about Orleans is designed to transport you to another place. Its interior is dotted with flickering candles and antique ephemera from the Deep South, with a fitout mixing antique pendant lights with exposed timber walls.

The menu is all about fresh, no-fuss ‘bowl food’, packed full of Cajun and Creole flavours and inspired by classic soul food. Diners can choose from big sumthin’s, little sumthin’s, salads, side sumthin’s, po boys and sweet sumthin’s and the drinks list features beers, wines and old-fashioned Southern cocktails.

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Orleans’ superb food menu celebrates the freshness, diversity and intense flavour of Southern cuisine: roast sweet potato salads topped with whipped feta, chilli and kale; crab cakes served with burnt chipotle, and desserts like classic apple cobblers and pecan pies.

The cocktail menu harks back to nineteenth century New Orleans, featuring classic libations like the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz and Creole Red Snapper, which can be nursed al fresco at one of Orleans’ outdoor tables on Roukai Lane, or indoors at one of the venue’s intimate tables.

Music is a key part of the experience and Orleans is the only place in New Zealand offering live music while you dine. Live blues, soul, funk, jazz and regular DJs add to the venue’s energetic atmosphere, with live music from Wednesday to Saturday every week.

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This big, beautiful, comfortable bar is exactly the kind of establishment you want just around the corner from your place. An airy, high-ceilinged space with plenty of cosy seating, it’s stocked to the gunnels with good things to eat, drink and look at.

A hundred and thirty years ago it was the HQ of the Northern Steamship Company of New Zealand. Today, beautifully restored, it’s one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings.

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Good food and entertainment

The Northern Steamship Co. opened its doors in 2006, making it the very first establishment in the Britomart precinct. Its prominent site on the corner of Gore and Quay Streets marks one of the main entrances to Britomart.

In the daytime the bar is flooded with natural light, making it a sunny spot for lunch or an afternoon swifty. Food is available any time, in the form of beer-matched starters and mains, sandwiches, salads and tasting platters.

After dark the Steamship is host to some of Auckland’s top DJs, who hit the decks on Friday and Saturday nights, plus plenty of big-screen sports action.

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A dedicated dessert restaurant serving exquisite cakes, pastries and decadent degustation menus, Milse is mecca for dessert devotees.

Touted as a ‘sugar temple’ laden with sophisticated sweet treats and seasonal, local desserts, Milse is a dessert restaurant and patisserie.

Milse’s lattice bound corridor is lined with ‘wonderful sweet treats to take away’, while the adjoining restaurant – a ‘secret and virtually hidden dessert dining room and bar’ – serves dessert degustation menus and à la carte indulgences.

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Styled as a ‘secret dessert garden’, Milse’s light-filled booths peer out upon The Pavilions’ fashion boutiques and planted courtyards. Its interior is chic and cavernous, juxtaposing recycled timber floors with delicious design confections like honeycomb shaped bathroom tiles.

Compact bar-style seating provides an enviable view of Milse’s open kitchen, enabling sweet-lovers to watch as chefs prepare and then serve delectable desserts with matching Chateau d’Yquem champagne, dessert wines and spirits.

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Moodily lit with dripping candles, whimsically decorated with offbeat Mexicana, Mexico instantly transports you to another, cooler place. You can drink in the eclectic front bar or settle into the cosy dining area to explore the short but compelling menu.

Mexico celebrates the vibrant, fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine. The flavours are big, spicy and complex: grilled corn on the cob with lime-chilli butter; street-style salad and ceviche; soft tacos filled with pulled pork, grilled fish or skirt steak.

Plates are topped with house-made salsas and slaws and peppery mayonnaise spiced with jalapeño and chipotle.

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Taking its name from the foundation year of historic Stanbeth House, 1885 is a sophisticated multi-level bar accessed off a private laneway behind Customs Street East.

Superbly designed, the interior is a clever blend of restored heritage features with rich contemporary styling. A high-ceilinged main room with massive wooden beams and raw concrete bar gives way to the 1930s-inspired G.H. Mumm Champagne Room; a sumptuous retreat adorned with low ceilings, marble surfaces, dark woods and ‘push to order’ champagne buttons.

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Hidden away downstairs is a luxurious basement bar, leather-upholstered and staffed by dedicated hosts. Here you can choose from an extensive cellar wine list or cocktails created by some of New Zealand’s best bartenders.

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Like any French cafe worth its salt, at L’Assiette food is definitely the hero. Its small but inventive menu celebrates the simplicity and quality of the best French food, from classic croque monsieur to salade Niçoise.

They also offer a delicious selection of delicate sweet crêpes and gorgeous galettes, with a dedicated ‘crêpe station’ unveiled in January 2014 where you can sit and watch the crêpe masters at work.

Owners Romain and Natalie met in a small pizza shop in Chamonix, France. After cooking their way around France, they returned to New Zealand, where Frenchman Romain fell in love with the Kiwi way of life.

Missing the everyday pleasures of French food and pastries, however, he and Natalie were inspired to bring a taste of Europe to the heart of Auckland City.

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L’Assiette’s modern industrial interior is a chic backdrop to the cafe’s eclectic, homely mix of old and new elements. With its comfortable banquettes, whimsical mural and colourful outdoor bistro chairs on the sunny terrace, the effect is cosy French local meets urban espresso bar.

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