Auckland weekend

Auckland is a city that’s definitely growing on me each time I visit. It’s bold and stylish, cultural and historic –  the whole package really.

The Viaduct is gorgeous – wandering around there at night reminds me of holidays in the Greek Islands. The atmosphere is  Mediterranean: my favourites are ‘Portofino’ and ‘Snapdragon’ and these stylish joints rub shoulders with the Irish bar O’Hagans. They all have outdoor seating and views of the yachts and I always want to pop a dress and sandals on when I know I’m going to The Viaduct.

The Viaduct, Auckland

The Viaduct, Auckland

Have you ever stepped off a plane or exited an airport terminal building to be hit by the kind of humidity that makes you think a hairdryer is blowing in your face? Auckland is like that almost every time I go there, and I love it. On our last trip there in May, I headed straight to the ladies to strip off my black opaque tights (because I had flown up from Christchurch!) It felt like the time that I stepped off the plane in Alicante after I’d come from Heathrow.

Cassia, Fort Lane, Auckland CBD

Cassia, Fort Lane, Auckland CBD

‘Cassia’ Restaurant

Indian with a twist (a special kind of twist that you don’t find very often)

Three words – GO TO CASSIA.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Book a table at Cassia
  • Put your favourite going out outfit on
  • Go to Cassia, preferably with a very good friend or loved one
  • Have a divine experience (this will just happen, you don’t need to do anything)
  • Leave Cassia
  • Smile and enjoy talking about the gorgeous experience that is Cassia
  • Plan your next trip to Cassia.

Seriously, it’s just gorgeous in every way: décor (brick walls, cool lighting), food (beautiful, strong flavours) atmosphere (special, hard to put into words), location (funky back lane, just behind Queen Street), wine glasses (HUGE), service (high class.)

Tip that a friend passed on to me: Try the pani puri, potato, chickpea, tamarind to start and eat it all in one go. We did and it was a bit of a challenge to eat it in one go but the flavours exploded that way and it was worth the effort.

Hubby and I also both loved the roasted carrot, cashew, leek and cavalo nero dish and the tandoori fish, dry korma, cucumber and  smoked yoghurt. Wow.

We’ll definitely go back – it’s a special place.