Food lovers rejoice because Auckland Restaurant Month is here!
From 1-31 August, Restaurant Month celebrates the central city’s diverse dining scene, offering 26 unique dining events and the chance to experience over 100 special menus, priced at $25, $40 and $55+.
It is also a great opportunity to step outside the box and eat odd – try a food you wouldn’t normally eat and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
Last Friday, a friend and I were invited to dine at SOUL. In honor of Restaurant Month this year, SOUL goes L.A. Chic! They have a limited edition menu which is inspired by the flavours and food trends of Los Angeles. It’s new, it’s funky, it’s delicious!
We indulged in their $50 three course Restaurant Month dinner, matched with a delicious gin and pineapple rum cocktail and wines. I particularly enjoyed their Smoked Chicken Liver Pâté with date vinegar, Oxtail Agnolotti, and to finish, a decadent Chocolate Budino Tart. The Santa Monica Sling cocktail, Pencarrow Pinot Gris and Kumeu Village Chardonnay were also perfectly matched!
Here’s a peek of the dishes we tried:
Santa Monica Sling Cocktail with black robin gin, pineapple rum, rosemary, kaffir lime syrup and almond spice. Lovely refreshing cocktail with strong flavours. A great start to the night!
Smoked Chicken Liver Pâté with date vinegar and grilled bread. My first time trying chicken liver pâté – it definitely exceeded expectations!
Salt & Pepper Squid with almond skordalia, chilli oil and lemon. SOUL’s salt and pepper squid is always a highlight!
Oxtail Agnolotti with pistachio, rosemary, brown butter and currants. My favourite dish of the night – melt in your mouth!
Mushroom Tortelli with balsamic and hazelnuts. Our least favourite dish of the night, as the pasta was under cooked.
Chocolate Budino Tart with salted caramel, olive oil and sea salt. Glossy, rich, decadent, divine.
Food aside, service was friendly and attentive – we couldn’t fault a thing! The atmosphere was buzzing and the setting always a highlight. Think waterfront views, boats, twinkling lights and pretty white flowers hanging above.
The ‘SOUL goes L.A. Chic’ menu will be available the whole month of August and costs $40 per person for a two-course meal or $50 including dessert.
For more information about Auckland Restaurant Month and a full list of events, click here.