Auckland restaurateur Sid Sahrawat has dominated the 2018 Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards, with his fine-dining establishment Sidart winning the Supreme Award, and his modern Indian restaurant Cassia named runner-up.
Heading into its 10th year, Sidart has shown excellence in every aspect of the restaurant. The sophisticated ambience and great views set the mood for what’s to come. With international and local influences, enjoy an evening of beautiful and exquisite dishes showcasing the best culinary techniques and freshest seasonal produce. You can taste the passion in every dish. Choose the tasting menu or the discovery menu. Or better yet, get up and personal with the kitchen hustle and bustle by sitting at the Chef’s table. Interact with the chefs and watch your plate come to life.
Sidart prides themselves on their consistent quality, service, and aim of making dining an adventure. You don’t want to miss out dining at Aucklands 'Restaurant Of The Year'. Book a table now for an experience you’ll never forget.
Best New Restaurant
Cotto, voted Auckland’s best new restaurant as part of the “Metro Magazine NZ Top 50 Restaurants 2018”, is known for its affordable, superb, and decadently more-ish handmade pasta. Everything about the restaurant gives off a cool relaxed vibe, from the attentive & friendly staff to the open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs meticulously craft the evening’s pasta.
The menu features a delicious range of options catering to carnivores and vegetarians alike using seasonal and local produce as inspiration. Highlighting Cotto’s signature pasta, recent offerings include: basil & ricotta gnocchi, rotolo beef cheek silver beet porcini béchamel, pumpkin gnudi, ravioli duck Jerusalem artichoke and risotta roated cauliflower taleggio. Book a table now.
Best City-Fringe Bistro
Ponsonby Road Bistro offers modern, global bistro fare in a stylish, yet relaxed setting. This friendly neighbourhood restaurant offers a sophisticated yet informal dining experience in an elegant room. This "Best City-Fringe Bistro" winner offers customers a menu that changes every 3 – 4 weeks, daily specials and an exciting wine list. There are few better places to sit and watch the world go by! Book a table now.
Best Neighbourhood Bistro
Cazador is a family owned and operated restaurant specialising in wild food. Their Game meats and fresh ingredients are sourced from New Zealand hunters and producers, and their short, seasonal menu changes often to reflect supply.
Peugeot People’s Choice Award for Best Destination Restaurant
Waiheke Island meets the Mediterranean at Casita Miro, a Vineyard with a Spanish flare. Located near the beautiful Onetangi Beach on Auckland Waiheke Island, Casita Miro is a relaxed restaurant overlooking the vines with a striking spanish ambiance. With a focus on sharing great food with friends and family, Casita Miro Tapas and sharing plates are unforgettable and they also offer a fantastic A La Carte Menu. Book a table now.
Best Wine List
Located on the corner of Shortland and O’Connell Streets in central Auckland, O’Connell St Bistro is an intimate dining room of twelve tables. Created in the theme of a contemporary European back street bistro this winner features a cozy and well-stocked bar. In addition, there is a separate private dining room adjacent to the Bistro, "The Corner Room", which can accommodate up to twenty-six people. Book a table now.
Winner: Sid Sahrawat, Sidart and Cassia
Restaurateur of the Year
Winner: Sid and Chand Sahrawat (joint), Sidart and Cassia
Runners-up: Sarah Conway, Melissa Morrow & Blair Russell, Ponsonby Road Bistro
Best Fine-Dining Restaurant
Best Smart-Dining Restaurant
Best Inner-City Bistro
Winner: Hugo’s Bistro
Runners-up: Culprit and Depot
Runner-up: The French Café
Best Drinks List