Viaduct Harbour and Baduzzi, Auckland

Auckland was a real surprise for me and mine. Especially the Viaduct Harbour area, which has been recently developed into uber coolness.

It’s a mix between rows of gleaming yachts, sharp looking apartments, trendy restaurants and ghetto cool leisure space.

Not an easy look to pull off, but it works here in this eclectic side of town.

It was a former industrial area developed for the millennium America’s Cup. Now it looks every inch a prime area.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

You have to play the game of ‘Which one shall we have?’ as you stroll passed these (sadly unobtainable) recreational vessels.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

The Sky Tower can be seen from all over the harbour raising questions of ‘Would you?’. (More on that soon!!)

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

On the west side of Viaduct Harbour you’ll find one of the most wonderful Italian restaurants, you must book a table here, don’t miss out!

It’s called Baduzzi and we are still talking about it.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

WELCOME

EARLY ROME AND THE
GREATER ROMAN EMPIRE.

EMPERORS CAME AND WENT.
MEN AND WOMEN LOVED AND DIED.
BUT THE FOOD…

ITS TRADITIONS AND RECIPES
STAND THE TEST OF TIME.
ITS EMBRACE REACHING
THE CRADLE OF EARLY MAN.
PASSED ON FROM MOUTH
TO EAR AND REBORN AGAIN.

THE BIRTH OF THIS RESTAURANT
IS ALL OF ME.
THE DARK CORNERS THAT
ARE ALSO HELD TIGHTLY
BY THE BOND OF LAUGHTER
LONG DINNERS
GREAT FOOD
AND THE DEEP UNSHAKABLE
KNOWING OF BELONGING.

Yup.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

We enjoyed their cocktails very much. Try their BADUZZI BERRY MOJITO Rum & blackberry liqueur, berries, mint & lime. which was divine, or this DARK CHERRY MARTINI Belvedere Vodka, cherry liqueur & vanilla., so good.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Expect smartly dressed folk catching a work lunch.

We managed to bag a booth inside appreciating the air conditioning and really enjoyed the smooth Italian vibe.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Before you can say ‘My hovercraft is full of eels’, this va va voom bit of toast arrived.

Flame grilled Whangarei piper, pinoli, feta & white raisins

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Meatballs (Polpette) are their speciality and rightly so, they are amazing.

We ordered the Organic lamb & wild thyme meatballs with preserved lemon,spiced gravy

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

and these Hot smoked Wakanui beef meatballs with melanzane. Soft, full flavoured and moreish. Make sure you get some of their freshly made bread to mop it all up.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Charlotte opted for this pasta, a special of the day.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

I kindly offered to test it for her. Right on the harbour they get the ‘pick of the crop’. The moules were huge, the pasta was freshly made and the rich, creamy sauce demanded a spoon.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

We finished off with this fantastically juicy wood-fired beef served with rocket, parmesan reggiano & gusti balsamic.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

The guys finished with a classy Espresso Martini.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

The meal was top notch, relaxed and I would definitely recommend it.

If you are still unconvinced (I mean, really?) then take a look at these desserts – absolute beauties…

Valrhona chocolate “torta caprese” w raspberry sorbet & coconut espuma

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Tiramisu w Baileys & amaretto ladyfingers, chocolate cream

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Crostata of custard, rhubarb & summer berries

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Blown away by how beautiful and exciting they looked we all ‘papped’ them in a moment of absolute delight.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Not to forget the final dessert of Terrina of strawberries, warm mascarpone cake & vanilla ice-cream.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Hands down some of the best desserts we’ve had anywhere. A fabulous meal all round.

Baduzzi
N° 10 – 26 CORNER JELLICOE STREET
& FISHLANE, NORTH WHARF,
AUCKLAND

Full and happy we set off to explore the area a little more.

Entering into the cool ‘tank farm’ area, where industrial cylinders were painted in graffiti style art.

There’s a neat little park area here where teenagers play basketball and kids can paddle.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

More good looking restaurants line the way.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

But it was the sea plane that took James’s eye.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

It looked like great fun, I admitted, as I scanned the area for a cool cocktail bar for Charlotte and I.

Sadly for the boys it was too windy to go up today. Shame. Now for that cocktail…

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  1. I forgot how pretty those deserts looked!! Good enough for Caesar! Anyway, what did the Romans ever do for us??😜 Great post, loved it👍😃

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