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11th May 2011
New Asian restaurants reflect regions diverse palates

Metro magazine has released its 2011 list of the 50 best restaurants in Auckland and the big feature is the number of new Asian restaurants that make the cut.

The 2011 Supreme Winner and other category winners will be revealed in the June issue of Metro, on sale May 31.

TOP 50 RESTAURANTS, listed alphabetically

* Antoines
* Clooney
* Dine
* Merediths
* Sidart
* The French Café
* The Grove
* Vinnies

* Cable Bay
* Cibo
* Euro
* Harbourside
* Non Solo Pizza
* O’Connell St Bistro
* Soul
* Te Whau
* Number 5
* Toto

* Café Hanoi
* Cocoro
* Ebisu
* Faro
* Grand Harbour
* Kura
* Moochowchow
* Morita
* Sake Bar 601
* Satya
* Soto

* Bellota
* Eight.Two
* Molten
* One Tree Grill
* Ponsonby Rd Bistro
* Prego
* Pure
* Two Fifteen
* The Engine Room

* Basque Kitchen
* Casita Miro
* Coco’s Cantina
* Delicious
* Ella
* Ima
* Mexican Specialities
* Poderi Crisci
* Sunday Painters
* Thymes Tables
* Winehot
11th May 2011
Did they tell you how these were decided? Was it a popular vote? reviewed by a panel/group? and how they were nominated?

They have posted the list with some explanation on their facebook page. it explains why some have been dropped and why one or two didn't make it into the list.

[Edited 11th May 2011 11:23 PM]
12th May 2011
Here's the reply from Metro:
[ No, the public and restaurants themselves do not nominate or vote on these awards. It is an entirely internal process. Metro draws up a "long list" of around 100 possible contenders, based on our past reviews and institutional knowledge, and then whittles the restaurants down to 50 over a month and many, many meals. Judging is done by Metro food and wine writers, reviewers and a few outside experts, led by editor Simon Wilson.
The one category of our awards that is open to public vote is the Restaurant Personality of the Year. See here ]
The Q and A was in the comments to their note in facebook.
14th May 2011

I am not sure how they expect anyone to take this to seriously ?

How can moochowchow be in there? its been open for 2 weeks, I think alot of people work hard over the year and you open and a week later your in the top 50 ! mental

All the people you would expect really isn't it ? we haven't achieved anything this year, sunday painters is not casual bistro either is it ?

non solo pizza casual dining ?

eh its a little lame really, i can already name the top 50 cafes and i can tell you who will be first because they are very very predictable.
DineOut VIP
14th May 2011
I've lost faith in these top lists and awards. I think there's quite a bit of politics happening in the background.
16th May 2011
I have to agree, not sure why moochowchow is in there either - sure they've been around in other names but it should be based on that restaurant alone and I don't personally believe they could call it consistency when it's only been open around a month. The only sort-of-exception is if it gets the "Best New Restaurant" award, any other category is a bit off.

There's a few on there that I wouldn't rate very high, and a few *not* on there that leaves me bewildered.
Bunny Eats
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16th May 2011
Nah, can't take these sorts of awards seriously.

I was given a laminated restaurant "guide" book earlier this year. I made good use of it as a paint palette. The plastic cover was much better than my usually cardboard palettes.
17th May 2011
Alot of these polls are based on advertising revenue spent with the promoter. Dont think they are not influenced by there own clients.
But this practise is not exclusive to print media. Even radio and some on-line promotional sites favor specific venues and use there influence as editors, sales managers or administrators to sway favor. It is a commercial reality
18th May 2011

I take it back moochowchow deserves to be there not only that but it should win ! amazing i have just reviewed
18th May 2011
Interesting, might have to give it a go then!
19th May 2011
money talks....
26th Jun 2011
For the sake of keeping this thread complete...
I found there was a metro top 100 list posted (on facebook) before the top 50 were posted. Link to this list:

The winners and runners up were announced. List posted in this thread:

29/4 edit to edd link to discussion about 2010 list

[Edited 29th Apr 2014 01:15 AM]
2nd Apr 2012
Since the topic is quite generic, I decided to update it here than start a new thread.

Source/press release:

* 12 new restaurants
* None from wynyard quarter (they are surprised but I'm not)
* a few missed the cut including Grand Harbour, SPQR, Sails, Satya + One Tree Grill. Prob easy to compare the list in 1st post with this list to see what else didn't make it.
* No Chinese restaurants. "biggest single gap in good Auckland eating right now". Personally disagree. We seem to have the biggest variety of chinese cuisine compared to 20 yrs ago. Not quite fine dining but we can't eat out at the top 50 every day...

Metro magazine announced their 2012 top 50 Auckland restaurants.
Judges will make ‘Best in Category’ awards in fine dining, smart dining, upmarket bistro, casual bistro and Asian categories. Other awards include best chef, best service, best short and long drinks list and best new restaurant.

There will also be a Supreme Winner. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 23 and in the May issue of Metro magazine.

The Top 50, in alphabetical order
Basque Kitchen and Bar
Botswana Butchery
Cable Bay Restaurant & Wine Bar
Café Hanoi
Casita Miro
Coco’s Cantina
Cru at Sale St
Dine by Peter Gordon
District Dining
Non Solo Pizza
Number Five
O’Connell Street Bistro
Poderi Crisci
Ponsonby Road Bistro
Sake Bar 601
Soul Bar & Bistro
Sunday Painters
Te Whau
The Engine Room
The French Café
The Grill by Sean Connolly
The Grove
The Shed at Te Motu
The Tasting Shed
Two Fifteen

[Edited 2nd Apr 2012 07:33 PM]
2nd Apr 2012
The ones that fell off last year's list:
ASIAN: Faro, Grand Harbour, Satya, Soto
CASUAL BISTRO: Mexican Specialities, Thymes Tables, Winehot

New to the list:
Botswana Butchery, Cru at Sale St, Depot, District Dining, Roxy
The Grill by Sean Connolly, The Shed at Te Motu, The Tasting Shed & TriBeCa

Botswana Butchery So new you can probably still smell the new paint...

Cru at Sale St
Cru at Sale st is the fine dining restaurant at Sale St. Used to be called Dallows until it was renamed sometime last year.

Depot is by Al Brown.

Tribeca has some beautiful food. I've been salivating over some pics the chef, Hayden McMillan has been posting via twitter.
2nd Apr 2012
glad they took mulberry off horrible time there I cant believe molten is on the list.. sidart said to check out tribeca so will heard about o'connell too.. both on my list but wish had seen 215 on there sad :(
3rd Apr 2012
I just wish we had as many ChCh restaurants to debate the pros and cons of inclusions in the list! We have maybe a dozen good ones left and heaps of very average ones to review. Gets downright boring reading ChCh reviews.
3rd Apr 2012
I heard pescatore is closing for repairs i was sad.. hope it is not for long..
3rd Apr 2012
oh 215 is on there so good they are amazing II love that place and it is right near my house lol
DineOut VIP
3rd Apr 2012
There are alot of really great places on the list. However Botswana Butchery? Its only just open, and not to good reviews. How can it be in the top 50? Also Ima. Dont get me wrong, its a great cafe but its tiny, certainly not a top 50 out of the whole of auckland. I wonder if Gordan Ramsey dining there lately had anything to do with it? Also they have recently hiked their lunch menu prices up from the $10-20 range to $20-35 range.
3rd Apr 2012
Ima was on last year's list under "casual bistro" section. nothing to do w Gordon Ramsay dining there.

Botswana Butchery this year is like MooChowchow last year except I've heard some bad reviews for Botwana butchery recently.

Real question is how many people really depend on Metro's reviews or top 50/100 list to decide where to go?

[Edited 3rd Apr 2012 05:17 PM]
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