ADDRESS: 67 Shortland St, Auckland CBD
CONTACT: 09 320 4387
Check website for opening hours
MAINS: $39 – 52

SCORE: 18/20

From early-morning espressos to late-night digestifs, this pocket-sized bistro packs serious punch. So take a hike up the Shortland St hill and be assured of just reward. Whether perching at the bar between meetings or settling in to one of the beautifully appointed booths for a meal, Hugo’s Bistro makes you feel at home. Regulars rave about the consistently high-quality kai from this open kitchen, and it’s easy to see why. Dishes like the wild-shot red deer with spiced carrot, silverbeet and bordelaise will see you savour every last bite. Local sourcing of ingredients and a seasonal approach to the menu drives constant innovation, though staples such as the deliciously silken olive oil semifreddo are permanent fixtures for a reason. An exceptional front-of-house team delivers a wonderfully warm experience, with superstar Poi Eruera – our Cuisine Good Food Award recipient for Kenwood Personality of the Year – ensuring every table has that special experience.

IN BRIEF: Top of the hill and top of its game


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