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CJD
DineOut Admin
10:51pm
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

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

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

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

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

CASUAL BISTRO
* Basque Kitchen
* Casita Miro
* Coco’s Cantina
* Delicious
* Ella
* Ima
* Mexican Specialities
* Poderi Crisci
* Sunday Painters
* Thymes Tables
* Winehot
NZDiner
11:11pm
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.
http://j.mp/kuMAsN

[Edited 11th May 2011 11:23 PM]
NZDiner
11:42pm
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 http://on.fb.me/kPBKrh ]
The Q and A was in the comments to their note in facebook. http://j.mp/kuMAsN
mattpreston
06:17pm
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.
Foodiefoodie
DineOut VIP
07:31pm
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.
zeocen
10:36am
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
DineOut VIP
04:59pm
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.
just-desserts
04:40pm
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
mattpreston
07:58pm
18th May 2011

I take it back moochowchow deserves to be there not only that but it should win ! amazing i have just reviewed
zeocen
09:00pm
18th May 2011
Interesting, might have to give it a go then!
CYY
10:01pm
19th May 2011
money talks....
NZDiner
09:49pm
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: http://j.mp/jSbMvn

The winners and runners up were announced. List posted in this thread: http://www.dineout.co.nz/forum.php?read=15131

29/4 edit to edd link to discussion about 2010 list
http://www.dineout.co.nz/forum.php?read=10727

[Edited 29th Apr 2014 01:15 AM]
NZDiner
07:32pm
2nd Apr 2012
Since the topic is quite generic, I decided to update it here than start a new thread.

Source/press release: http://www.scribd.com/doc/87612347/Metro-Audi-Restaurant-of-the-Year-2012-Top-50

Notes:
* 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
Antoine’s
Basque Kitchen and Bar
Botswana Butchery
Cable Bay Restaurant & Wine Bar
Café Hanoi
Casita Miro
Cibo
Clooney
Cocoro
Coco’s Cantina
Cru at Sale St
Delicious
Depot
Dine by Peter Gordon
District Dining
Ebisu
Eight.Two
Ella
Euro
Harbourside
Ima
Kura
Merediths
Molten
Moochowchow
Morita
Non Solo Pizza
Number Five
O’Connell Street Bistro
O’Sarracino
Poderi Crisci
Ponsonby Road Bistro
Prego
Pure
Roxy
Sake Bar 601
Sidart
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
Toto
TriBeCa
Two Fifteen
Vinnies

[Edited 2nd Apr 2012 07:33 PM]
NZDiner
08:02pm
2nd Apr 2012
The ones that fell off last year's list:
ASIAN: Faro, Grand Harbour, Satya, Soto
UPMARKET BISTRO: One Tree Grill, SPQR
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 http://www.dineout.co.nz/forum.php?read=17909 So new you can probably still smell the new paint...

Cru at Sale St http://www.dineout.co.nz/restaurant.php?rest=11496
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. http://www.dineout.co.nz/restaurant.php?rest=1775 I've been salivating over some pics the chef, Hayden McMillan has been posting via twitter.
mvenom
08:18pm
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 :(
foodiez
10:18am
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.
mvenom
12:18pm
3rd Apr 2012
I heard pescatore is closing for repairs i was sad.. hope it is not for long..
mvenom
12:19pm
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
Suebee
DineOut VIP
03:41pm
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.
NZDiner
04:03pm
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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