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MEXICO

Mexico does street-food and liquor the Mexican way, while still complying with all relevant food safety standards. Their busy little kitchens are full of chefs working on totally legit visas.

They serve up soft shell tacos, quesadillas, fresh fish ceviche and weight watcher friendly fried chicken, salads, plus an ever-changing list of daily specials. 

The meals are delicious, cheap and designed to be shared. The restaurant’s walls are covered with bullfighters, religious shrines and Frida Kahlo paintings printed off the internet, and the cosy dining area hums with conversation and incomprehensible Mexican music from midday till late, 7 days a week. Their bar is stocked with over 80 bottles of premium imported tequila and mezcal. They’ve also got a large supply of cold Mexican beers and sodas, and their team of bartenders will make you margaritas until you find them attractive. It's awesome. 

MEXICO Britomart
23 Britomart Place, Britomart, Auckland CBD
(09) 366 1759
britomart@mexico.net.nz
www.facebook.com/MexicoBritomart
Monday to Sunday: 12pm – late 

MEXICO Takapuna
4 The Strand, Takapuna
(09) 280 1487
takapuna@mexico.net.nz
www.facebook.com/MexicoTakapuna
Monday to Sunday: 12pm – late 

 

EL FARO SPANISH RESTAURANT & TAPAS BAR

El Faro is a Spanish inspired restaurant and tapas bar with an intimate and eclectic atmosphere, nestled in the cobblestoned combined eatery that is Elliott Stables.

Stop in, order up a selection of tapas, a pot of mussels to share, and a jug of sangria (or five!) and you’ll be away laughing, prepped and ready to go for a fun night of comedy! Or stop in for a late nibble and drink when you’re done giggling for the night.

At El Faro, they believe in sourcing local meat from local organic farms specializing in rare breeds. That's why they’re partners with The Farm Butchery Warkworth. Come and taste why El Faro has been Auckland’s numero uno for pre-show dining for four years – you’d be a fool not to, with so many Comedy Festival venues just around the corner. And don’t forget to be adventurous with their Nose to Tail Specials this year - they are simply irresistible! Hora de fiesta!

Elliott Stables (on the right)
39 Elliott St, Auckland CBD
09 365 1111

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to Late

 

DINE BY PETER GORDON

dine by Peter Gordon is a chic, elegant restaurant. A seasoned world traveller, Peter Gordon’s specialty is fusion cooking. His method of combining flavours sourced from across the globe in spectacular and innovative ways has created a deliciously unique menu that will enlighten any diner’s taste buds. ‘Dine Early’ before the show and enjoy either an entrée and main or a main and dessert from a set menu, plus a glass of selected wine for only $60 per person. Diners must be seated between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. R18 for the service of alcohol.

SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland, CBD
09 363 6000
Open: Daily from 5:30pm - 10:30pm

 

ELLIOTT STABLES

Talk about a fancy food hall. In fact The Elliot Stables is much more than a fancy food hall – its sort of like a cluster of mini restaurants bouncing of each others energy and taste sensations.

Offering everything from Spanish tapas, Nigiri sushi, Italian bruschetta, German sausage, French creperies alongside a distinctive marketplace where specialist artisans trade organic meats, wines, cakes, liqueurs and whisky.

Since opening in 2007, Elliott Stables has become a popular place to visit, especially before or after a show. Located super close to the comedy plethora, Elliott Stables is the ideal restaurant environment to meet friends and pick and choose between a massive selection of delicious foods.

Centrally located behind the iconic Smith and Caughey’s building on Elliott Street, and only a short walk from The Civic, it’s the perfect place for meal before or after a show and is open early until late Monday to Saturday.

Elliott Stables Epicurean Village
39 Elliott St, Auckland CBD

 

THE GRILL BY SEAN CONNOLLY

Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year 2012 – Supreme Winner. Sean Connolly’s The Grill is an established dining favourite of ‘in the know’ Aucklanders, with a taste for great quality food. The premise is good honest fare with a distinctly Kiwi accent, created from the fresh local produce, including pasture-fed meat and sustainable seafood. If you’re simply looking for a delicious meal before the show, The Grill by Sean Connolly should be high on your list of top dining spots. Enjoy a divine meal before the show with the 'Grilled For Time' menu. Two courses $35 per person or three courses $45 per person. Diners must be seated between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
09 363 7067
Open: Mon – Fri 12pm – 2:30pm and dinner daily from 5:30pm - 10:30pm.

 

KITCHEN AT HOTEL DE BRETT

Hotel DeBrett is a boutique hotel with a sense of humour – known for their occasional “comedy in the kitchen” dinners, with local comedians entertaining between courses; for after work drinks in Housebar; and leisurely lunches. The quirkily designed space changes as the day progresses, from light and sun filled daytimes, to hovering chandeliers, pieced together from shades salvaged during the hotels renovation, and moody candlelight in the evenings.

Both the menu and wine list celebrates the best of New Zealand’s farms, waters and gardens, with menus changing frequently to take advantage of seasonal flare. This is not your typical hotel restaurant – it reflects the owner’s philosophy of being inclusive rather than exclusive, and celebrates style over fashion, in everything from the décor, the food to the style of service.

Head out before or after a show and choose your space – from the iconic Housebar, exuding old world style; the slightly rugged internal courtyard; the soaring atrium, or cosy banquet seating with a great view of the chefs in action.

2 High St, Auckland CBD
09 925 9000
Book online at hoteldebrett.com
Open: Daily for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails/drinks from 6:30am - late.

 

KURA JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Kura Japanese Restaurant has modern style Japanese food with a fusion twist. Situated amongst the Comedy Hub of Auckland, Kura can be found underground in an old grain silo (Kura means ‘warehouse’ in Japanese). The silo dates back to Auckland’s early days when the Waihorotui creek flowed down Queen Street valley. Its original purpose is still made obvious by the large stonewall that supports Queen Street and creates an impressive backdrop for the works of art which their Japanese chefs create and creates a unique Japanese eating experience.
Besides sushi, they delight in taking Japanese dining further, offering specialty dishes such as their famous Bridge Rolls and Spider Rolls (deep-fried soft-shell crab sushi!). Kura also has Japanese beer on tap, and a wide range of sake to choose from. They also offer a small but special menu for lunches on Thursdays and Fridays, 12-2pm. A midday treat, why the hell not!
Come down the stairs and visit Kura before you go to your next show. It’s definitely worth the visit.

315 (basement) Queen Street, Auckland CBD
09 379 5656
Open: Daily from 5:30pm - 11pm & 12-2pm Thurs & Fri.
Bookings definitely recommended - kura@sakebars.co.nz
www.sakebars.co.nz/booking

 

BESOS LATINOS

When you dine there you'll fall in love with their authentic traditional Latin American cuisine, the first restaurant of its kind in NZ offering traditional dishes from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Panama, along with an awesome selection of Latin American cocktails, wines and beers.

The scrumptious yet affordable tapas platters are perfect to share before or after a show, we had the Mexican platter, heaps for two and yummo! You could also try the Panamanian Escabeche De Pescado, a mouth-watering pan-fried fish of the day served with seasonal ingredients over Giardinera Rice, and wash it down with a Pisco Sour cocktail.

Created by culinary couple Cecilia Mijangos (Mexican Artist) and chef Luis Cabrera, who envisioned and brought to life a Pueblo marketplace. The elegance of an old world hacienda with warm brick and exposed timbers lit from the glow of arched sconces complimented by Cecilia’s beautifully painted mural and flower arrangements.

Besos Latinos is passionately committed to sharing authentic Latin American gourmet cuisine with you. Enjoy.

Elliot Stables, at the back (Shop M16)
41 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD 
09 303 0217
Open: Tue – Fri Lunch 12:00 – 2:30, Dinner 5:30pm – late, Sat 5:30pm – late & Sun 1:00pm – 8:30pm.

 

MEZZE BAR

An icon in the city for 21 years, Mezze Bar has been serving up tasty tapas and well-chosen wines to an eclectic army of customers who enjoy the casual yet colourful atmosphere – so it’s perfect appetiser for a night of comedy in the city. It has become the traditional watering and feeding spot for festivalgoers and culture vultures since it opened in 1992.

During the day the Mezze Bar is an oasis of relief from the city outside, with its home away from home ambience. All food is made on the premises – the cakes are especially good, and Miller’s coffee is extracted perfectly by well-practiced baristas. Be warned – it can get very busy so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your pre-show meal, or head down there afterwards instead.

9 Durham Street East, Auckland CBD
09 307 2029
Open: Mon – Thurs 7am - 11pm, Fri 7am - Midnight, Sat 11am - Midnight and Sun 11am - 10:30pm.

 

Q THEATRE

They’re smack bang in the middle of it. Hosting shows and are pretty close to
most other venues. Drop in and have a laugh with them over an early morning coffee and homemade cheese scones (we do!), or grab lunch – even on the run.

A great place for a quick beer or wine stop between the shows, or get a belly full from a stylish selection of homemade tapas, pizzas, platters, and a range of dinner options.  Best to secure a table because they do get busy, or dine in the bar & lounge area.

305 Queen Street (also can be accessed from Lower Greys Avenue)
09 282 4402 for reservations
Open all hours of the Festival.