ADDRESS:   Cnr Albert & Quay Sts, Auckland CBD
MAINS:   $28 – $62
CONTACT:   09 884 4200
SCORE:   17.5 / 20

Chef Matt Lambert earned a Michelin star at the Musket Room in New York, a tough ask for the ex-Westie. And now we’ve got him back. Your loss, NYC. This is the spot to cater to all degrees of need – from some spectacular snacks through to an impressive offering of hearty main courses, with well-designed entrées in between. Matt’s dry-aged steaks warrant special mention, as do the oyster options. Those in a rush can munch at the bar, or outdoors. If you’re seeking a more sedate pace, then settle in the designated indoor dining room. A slick team of experienced staff bolster Lambert’s expertise, and there’s ample assistance with the wine. Our chef who’s come full circle has a light, playful approach to his food, which means you can expect dishes that taste as sublime as they look.

IN BRIEF: A restaurant that touches all bases