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.
You have to play the game of ‘Which one shall we have?’ as you stroll passed these (sadly unobtainable) recreational vessels.
The Sky Tower can be seen from all over the harbour raising questions of ‘Would you?’. (More on that soon!!)
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.
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
AND THE DEEP UNSHAKABLE
KNOWING OF BELONGING.
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.
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.
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
Meatballs (Polpette) are their speciality and rightly so, they are amazing.
We ordered the Organic lamb & wild thyme meatballs with preserved lemon,spiced gravy…
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.
Charlotte opted for this pasta, a special of the day.
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.
We finished off with this fantastically juicy wood-fired beef served with rocket, parmesan reggiano & gusti balsamic.
The guys finished with a classy Espresso Martini.
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
Tiramisu w Baileys & amaretto ladyfingers, chocolate cream
Crostata of custard, rhubarb & summer berries
Blown away by how beautiful and exciting they looked we all ‘papped’ them in a moment of absolute delight.
Not to forget the final dessert of Terrina of strawberries, warm mascarpone cake & vanilla ice-cream.
Hands down some of the best desserts we’ve had anywhere. A fabulous meal all round.
N° 10 – 26 CORNER JELLICOE STREET
& FISHLANE, NORTH WHARF,
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.
More good looking restaurants line the way.
But it was the sea plane that took James’s eye.
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…