Comfort Inn & Suites Kudos
203 Kirkbride Road
Phone: (64) 9 2759988
Fax: (64) 9 5239285
Named for its proximity to the Auckland Trotting Club Raceway at Alexandra Park, Gee Gee's Bar and Brasserie is well known to locals and frequent race-goers for its good food, atmosphere and attentive service. Trotting regalia adorns the front bar area. The restaurant, at the rear, offers a children's menu and even high chairs. The owner, Ivan Rudez, is of Croatian origin, and the meals are often Mediterranean in flavour and presentation, and always generous in proportion. Hearty steaks feature on the menu alongside pizzas and seafood dishes. The wine list has plenty of variety.
Once the Mt Eden Post Office, this rustic spot just outside of Auckland has taken on new life as a Belgian Beer Cafe. The De Post offers a wide list of Belgian beers with traditional cuisine including their beloved steaming pot of mussels. Stella, Bellevue, Leffe and Hoegaarden are always on tap here which adds a perfect touch to the pleasant atmosphere.
The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed and friendly, and the service is good. You can sit inside, or street side, to watch the local action--if you can find a spare seat. Sierra serves wonderful cooked breakfasts, and well-presented counter food, along with excellent coffee. Choices from the lunch menu include scallop risotto, Caesar salad or chicken burgers and meals.
"Mouth-wateringly delicious and substantially satisfying" describes the creations of the City Cake Company--the perfect place to find a fabulous cake or dessert for a special occasion. Chocolate Parisienne Cake serving six to eight, Gin and Lemon Cake serving six to eight, Dacquoise, the "towering dessert", serving 12-15, Orange and Cardamom Tart serving 12-15 are just some of the offerings. Choose a slice to "eat in", accompanied by coffee, tea, sandwiches and rolls. High tea includes two club sandwiches, a slice of cake and tea or espresso.
At The Blue Bird Vegetarian Cafe, you are in for a neat vegan treat. The place is nicely designed keeping the color blue as a regular hue and the ambiance is as pleasant too. You can go for their delicious sandwiches, salads, scones, muffins or even the popular Bowl Meal served with freshly baked grain bread and butter. The place is a popular spot for brunches and is often bustling with a hungry crowd. So come to this pretty place and go home with a happy tummy. Visit website for more information.
This family oriented buffet restaurant is one in a very popular and successful chain. Valentines is great for group celebrations—the place always has a buzz and a friendly, welcoming feel. Children are extremely welcome. Valentines has wonderful seafood, a good variety of general buffet food and offers a full bar service.
Zarbo is popular all day long with shoppers and local workers, and gourmets looking for those unusual and imported deli items. It occupies a large and open space, and the walls are packed with delicacies from around the world. Enjoy your coffee and food at comfortable tables, set in a buzzing environment.With an almost limitless food selection based on their ever-evolving deli counter, containing everything from salads to slices, Zarbo is a food lover's paradise. They serve great coffee too. Car parking is available on the roof.
El Nino is a stylish bar and restaurant with a Latin American beat. Old farm implements and antique bric-a-brac adorn the walls and the ceilings have high wooden beams. Their specialty is South American cuisine and their fajitas are especially good. The wine and beverage list is extensive - a frozen margarita at the bar makes a good starter or refreshing end to your meal. There is a big screen in the bar area for watching sports and a small walled-off area containing several poker machines. A large, internal, roofed, brick courtyard area is available for private functions.
Here you can make believe you are in Bodrum, Turkey. Brick walls, Turkish carpets, bare wooden tables, flickering candles and comfy cushions make the interior warm and inviting. They even have traditional belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. The freshness and quality of the meals are excellent. Try the Mezze Platter of hummus, tabbouleh, pita bread, beetroot salad, tuna salad and yogurt dip, or the staple but succulent Doner Kebab. The wine and beverage list is extensive. A good range of cigars is kept behind the bar.
Located in an impressive turn-of-the-century brick building, the Horse and Trap is an Auckland institution. With three levels of bars and restaurants, the wood/brick interior is exquisite--the wooden bar is especially ornate. There is a fireplace for chilly evenings and a garden patio for warm afternoons. With a good selection of local beers on tap, including Monteiths, and a fine selection of food, the Horse and Trap is a class act-it even has its own stop on the adjacent rail line! Who could ask for anything more than good traditional pub food washed down with hand-crafted beer?
Mekong Neua Thai Restaurant is tucked away in the arty suburb of Kingsland, not far from the central city. They serve a mix of dishes from North East Thailand and Laos, which are rich and creamy and rarely disappoint. The restaurant is licensed, with a small list of wines and beers on offer. You may bring your own wine. Always friendly, the staff at Mekong Neua welcome new patrons and will quickly make you a regular! The restaurant opens daily at 5:30 p.m.
Nickies Thai Restaurant, is a popular Thai food joint at Newmarket in Auckland. A complete Thai experience with 'Thai wall paintings, carvings, a large tank of fish and soft Thai music playing in the background with authentic food to please your tastebuds. Staff is efficient and the service is speedy. The menu is vast with a complete list of vegetarian dishes too. Try the "Kao Pad Kra Praw Gai", "Satay Gai Bon Kao", " Nuan Chuan Chim", "Goong Med", "Pla Lerd Ros" and the ultra spicy "Tom Yum Goong soup". Beer, wines are also served for those looking for cool accompaniments with the spicy food. One can also opt for something sweet with Black lava or Kahlua cheesecake for dessert. The restaurant closes in the afternoon and opens in the evening again at 5 p.m.