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Cibo, Auckland, North Island

91 St. Georges Bay Road
Auckland , North Island
New Zealand
Tel: 64 9 303 9660's insider take:

Though it sits in the touristy neighborhood of Parnell, Cibo is almost exclusively frequented by the local smart set. The restaurant occupies a former chocolate factory, and its soaring ceiling is studded with skylights; there's also a tranquil courtyard (though three-martini lunchers can disrupt the peace). Chef Kate Fay's adventurous, East-meets-West menu includes dishes like salt-crusted fried shrimp with shiitake mushrooms, and Szechuan-style venison in a curry-tamarind broth with saffron-spiced noodles. The cheaper but delicious harpuku (grouper) fish and chips, served with a tangy tartar sauce, is the perfect foil for a beer—and popular, given this place's healthy bar scene.

Closed Sundays. No lunch on Saturdays.

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