Auckland , North Island
Tel: 64 9 303 9660
Concierge.com'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.