Top Restaurants in Ponsonby

Foodies Haven: The Top 13 Restaurants in Ponsonby

You know you’ve become a true foodie when you start planning your meals a week in advance. But when it comes to eating in Ponsonby, even the best-laid plans can go awry.

I remember once setting out to try a new sushi spot in this area, only to end up at a rustic Italian bistro after catching a whiff of garlic and fresh basil in the wind.

For foodies, the opportunities are endless in Ponsonby. So, come join me, as I take you through some of the top restaurants I’ve come across in Ponsonby.

1. Sidart Restaurant

Sidart Restaurant

Address: 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 6 PM to 10 PM
  • Saturday – 12 PM to 1:30 PM & 6 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +6493602122

If you’re looking for a dining experience that’s a bit more high-end, don’t miss out on Sidart Restaurant. This place takes fine dining to a whole new level.

For a little taste of Paris, try the Eastherbrook Farm quail served with mandarin and gingerbread. Or, you can’t go wrong with the Aura Farms wagyu beef, paired with taro and spinach.

The beef is so tender it nearly melts in your mouth, and the taro and spinach add a perfect touch of earthiness that brings the dish together.

Pro Tip: End your bougie meal with their artisan cheese platter paired with their crispy housemade bread, honey, and dates.

2. KOL

KOL

Address: 23 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 5 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 9:30 PM

Phone: +6421379700

This place is all about skewers, and boy, do they know how to make ’em! The oyster mushrooms, ghost chilli, and macadamia skewers are a must-try.

Their kurobuta pork neck, xec xec, and gooseberry skewers are also crowd-pleasers. The pork neck is incredibly tender.

Pro Tip:  Finish your meal with their blood orange sorbet, chai, and ginger. The sorbet is incredibly refreshing, and the hint of chai and ginger adds a unique, warming touch. It’s the perfect palate cleanser.

3. Parade

Address: 252 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday – 4 PM to 9 PM
  • Wednesday to Sunday – 12 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6496660027

If you’re in the mood for some seriously delicious food, this is the place to be. Their double-smashed burger is an absolute must-try.

This bad boy is generously loaded with succulent patties, melty cheese, crisp lettuce, and tangy pickles. All nestled between the softest buns, it’s burger heaven.

Oh, and if you’re a fan of spicy food, the Nashville hot chicken is going to knock your socks off. And when drenched in a hot sauce, it’s got a kick that might burn your taste buds off.

Pro Tip: Do not leave without trying their Oreo cheesecake. This dessert is the stuff of dreams. It’s creamy and chocolaty, and come on, who doesn’t love a good cheesecake?

4. Gaja

Gaja

Address: 4 Brown Street, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 5 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Thursday – 12 PM to 3 PM & 5 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Friday – 12 PM to 3 PM & 5 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Saturday – 12 PM to 10:30 PM

Phone: +6496003466

Gaja’s menu is an Asian fusion delight! Their bulgogi taco is an absolute must-try. The flavours are a phenomenal fusion of Mexican and Korean cuisine that will surely leave you craving for more of those chillier Ponsonby evenings!

And then there’s the ddukboki! These spicy Korean rice cakes are a game-changer. They’re chewy, spicy, and utterly addictive. Trust us, once you start, you just can’t stop!

Pro Tip: On those chillier Ponsonby evenings, try their mushroom mandu hotpot. It’s the ultimate comfort food that warms you up from the inside.

5. Gusto Italiano

Gusto Italiano

Address: 263 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Thursday to Sunday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +6493611556

Gusto Italiano is a haven for anyone who’s a fan of authentic, mouth-watering Italian cuisine. One of their standout dishes has to be their pizza gustosa. The salami adds a lovely smoky note, and the chilli gives it a bit of a kick.

Pro Tip: Round off your Italian feast with their panna cotta del giorno. This dessert is a game-changer. It’s creamy, silky, and perfectly sweet. It’s a dessert that will leave you dreaming about it long after you’ve left the restaurant.

6. Okumnandi

Okumnandi

Address: 295 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 5 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +64211437496

When you go to Okumnandi, you have to try their fried chicken with dill and homemade sticky chutney drizzle. It’s to die for! 

The chicken is perfectly crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and that chutney drizzle… It’s just the right amount of sticky.

Their rib eye with worcester chimichurri and braai spices is also a real showstopper.

Pro Tip: Make sure you save room for dessert. Get their malva pudding with mascarpone and fresh berries.

7. Aigo Ponsonby

Aigo Ponsonby

Address: 168 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 5 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Thursday – 12 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Friday – 12 PM to 11 PM
  • Saturday – 11:30 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday – 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM

Phone: +64273525573 

Aigo Ponsonby is a haven for all things Korean food! Their bibim naengmyeon is an absolute must-try. Slurp up cold, chewy noodles tossed in a tantalisingly spicy and tangy sauce and you’ll end up with a new addiction.

Then there’s the charred pork galbi skewer with a lovely smoky flavour – the gochu sauce adds a delightful kick. 

Pro Tip: Wash down your meal with their spicy mango cocktail. The mango adds a tropical touch, and the hint of spice gives it a unique kick.

8. Le Vietnamese Kitchen

Le Vietnamese Kitchen

Address: 107 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  •  Monday to Sunday – 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6493766107

Le Vietnamese Kitchen is a prime spot for locals who are in the mood for some authentic, well, Vietnamese cuisine.

Their massaman beef cheek curry is not your average curry. The beef cheek is so tender it practically falls apart on your fork, and the spices will have your tastebuds craving more after each bite.

If you’re a seafood lover, try their Tomyum seafood bowl. It’s chock-full of fresh, succulent seafood.

Pro Tip: Don’t leave without trying their coconut sago. The sago is chewy, and the coconut cream is luxuriously rich and creamy. The whole thing is topped off with a generous sprinkling of toasted coconut flakes, giving it a lovely crunch

9. Mumbaiwala

Mumbaiwala

Address: 252 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 5 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Friday to Sunday – 12 PM to 2 PM & 5 PM to 9:30 PM

Phone: +6421648785

Mumbaiwala serves up some seriously lip-smacking Indian street food. This place is an absolute paradise for any foodie who loves bold, vibrant flavours.

Now, if you’re there for lunch, you’ve got to try their lunch special, the naan roll. A soft, fluffy naan stuffed with your choice of filling—be it succulent chicken tikka or flavorful paneer—you’ll be swooning!

And guess what? The lunch special comes with a chilled, frothy beer.

Pro Tip: Make sure you ask for some chutney on the side. A little drizzle of chutney on your naan roll, and you’re in for a taste sensation like no other!

10. The Gyoza Bar

The Gyoza Bar

Address: 171C Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday – 3 PM to 11 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 3 PM to 12:30 AM
  • Sunday – 5 PM to 11 PM

Phone: +6493611619

The Gyoza Bar is all about delicious, flavour-packed Japanese dumplings—or, as we know them, gyoza. The gyoza here are handmade, perfectly crimped, and cooked to that precise point where they are crispy on the bottom yet wonderfully tender and juicy on the top. 

Plus, they’ve got a variety of fillings to choose from, so there’s something for everyone!

Pro Tip: Try their cauliflower nuggets. These little bites are pure magic. The nuggets are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and served with a zesty yuzu mayo that adds a tangy kick.

11. Cocoro 

Cocoro

Address: 56a Brown Street, Ponsonby, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 2 PM & 5:30 PM to 9 PM 

Phone: +6493600927

Cocoro is a top-tier spot for all you lovers of Japanese cuisine out there. Be wowed by their Cocoro degustation, a multi-course meal through Japan that will leave you absolutely filled.

The star of the show is their Kagoshima A5 wagyu sukiyaki, a dish that is pure luxury. The wagyu melts in your mouth, and it tastes amazing when paired with the sweet and savoury sukiyaki sauce.

Their bluefin tuna is also an absolute must-try. And don‘t forget dessert. Their yame matcha pudding is creamy with a hint of bitterness from the matcha, perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the accompanying red bean paste.

Pro Tip: Cocoro offers only limited a la carte reservations, so make sure to book in advance to secure a spot.

12. Olas Arepas

Olas Arepas

Address: 136 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 12 PM to 3 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 12 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +642102337695

Olas Arepas pabellon arepas are a true taste of Venezuela. They’re stuffed with tender shredded beef, black beans, grated cheese, and a slice of fried plantains. 

Their arepa burgers are also a must-try. And did we mention it comes with a side of fries?

Pro Tip: Do not leave without trying their cocada shake. It’s a creamy concoction made with coconut milk, condensed milk, and a hint of cinnamon, blended to perfection. It’s sweet, refreshing, and the perfect way to wash down your meal.

13. Ockhee

Ockhee

Address: 171 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday & Monday – 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 12 to 3 PM & 5 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +6492172020

Ockhee is your go-to for seriously mouthwatering Korean cuisine. You absolutely have to try their japchae. Slurp up glass noodles made from sweet potato, stir-fried with a medley of veggies, and seasoned with a sweet and savoury soy sauce.

And Ockhee’s neons are a must-try. They’re perfect for sharing—or for keeping all to yourself—no judgement here!

Pro Tip: Get their fried chicken skin. Crispy, salty, and utterly addictive.