Have you always wanted to try a Michelin star restaurant but could never travel to Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant down in London? Well, we are here to tell you that you can enjoy a similar experience right here in Auckland.
What Are Michelin Stars?
If you are involved in the world of culinary arts, you are likely to be aware of the Michelin star rating system. If not, we are here to clarify everything for you.
In simple terms, Michelin stars are awarded to the most exquisite of restaurants across the world. These restaurants are judged on a wide array of aspects – including quality, presentation, taste, and even experience. According to the official Michelin Guide, having one Michelin star implies a ‘very good restaurant’, two stars mean ‘excellent cooking that is worth a detour’, and three stars refers to an ‘exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey’.
According to this, it can be judged that having a Michelin star can be a huge deal for restaurant owners. However, they are not very easy to receive. Some restaurants may even have their stars taken away by the inspectors if they lose their star chef or change their menu without maintaining a high degree of quality.
Michelin Star Restaurants in Auckland
If you think that the only way of experiencing a high-end fine dining experience is to travel across the world, you are certainly wrong. There are three top Michelin star restaurants right here in Auckland, and we have the perfect guide for them.
1. The Grove Restaurant
The Grove Restaurant is no normal place to eat, in fact it is actually the ninth best restaurant in the world. The reason behind The Grove’s high reputation is the Michelin starred chef, Marc de Passorio. While there is no denying that he is amongst the best chefs in the world, to have him here with us in Auckland is truly an experience to be thankful for.
Similar to any other Michelin star restaurant, The Grove offers creative and unique 5 or 9 course meals. Yes, it is just as exciting as it sounds.
At The Grove, you can expect to enjoy some of the most unique flavor palettes in the world including New Zealand’s famous oysters paired with some green apple jelly and fish eggs. If this sounds rather odd to you – we suggest that you leave it to the professionals to provide the most enchanting food experience you can have in Auckland.
Like any other starred restaurant, you will have to make a booking months in advance to get a table at The Grove Restaurant. It seems as if almost everybody in Auckland wants to try out the specialty cuisine of The Grove.
Address: Saint Patricks Square, Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
- Monday and Tuesday: 6 pm – 9:30 pm
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 pm – 2:30pm and 6 pm – 9:30pm
- Saturday: 6 pm – 10 pm
Price Range: $120 – $170 for two people.
Contact Information: +64 9-368 4129
2. Sidart Restaurant
Sidart Restaurant is the first of many amazing things that chef Sid Sahrawat did – and that is why it provides the most personal experience to all customers. To enter the restaurant, you must make your way through an entire shopping arcade until you arrive at the iconic sliding door of Sidart. Beyond these doors is a whole new world.
Being a Michelin starred chef, Sid Sahrawat knows exactly how to bring your culinary dreams to life. While you try the amazing range of food options at Sidart, we recommend that you do not miss out on the wine matching. There are many modern renditions of some Indian classic drinks. The best part is that there is a hint of culture and tradition in everything that Sidart serves – and that is probably the key to their quick rise to fame.
If you are a vegetarian, you are free to walk in to Sidart Restaurant and enjoy the food that you like. Apart from a wide range of vegan options, Sidart also caters to large groups of people – shattering the stereotype that fine dining restaurants are only made for two people at one table.
Address: 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
- Closed on Monday
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
- Friday: 12 to 1:30 pm (slot 1) and 5:30 to 9:30 pm (slot 2)
Contact Information: +64 9-360 2122
3. Sid at The French Café
Amongst all of New Zealand, Sid at The French Café truly sets a new benchmark for fine dining in our country. The name might sound familiar, since chef Sid Sahrawat (owner of Sidart) recently acquired The French Café and turned it into his next muse for Auckland. The best part of seeing this acquisition was to find the star chef be available to host customers and greet them at the door as they enter the experience of The French Café.
The most popular choice here is the four-course meal that is sure to please everybody at the table. If you are looking for something for sophisticated, we suggest that you try adding the canapes and a pre-dessert – making your entire meal a whole menu tasting experience.
Address: 210 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
- Closed on Monday
- Tuesday – Friday: 5:30 to 11 pm
- Saturday: 12 noon to 11 pm
Contact Information: +64 9-377 1911
The Final Word
If you thought Auckland only had adventure and lively things, we hope to have proven you wrong today. With this list of the top three Michelin star restaurants that are right around your neighborhood, we hope that you can take some time off and enjoy the real fine dining experience that Auckland has to offer. Regardless of the restaurant that you choose to visit, we assure you that you will be leaving with a satisfied belly and peace of mind.