I have to give a shout out to a few restaurants that are among the few in NZ to consistently deliver a fantastic dining experience. One of my bugbears, is the fact you'll go to a restaurant a few times, and get a completely (often worse the subsequent times which is weird) different experience.
My awards for the most consistent dining experiences in Auckland across a few years:
These are in no particular order:
2) Honolulu LuLu. (for the best Poké and some of the best burgers you can get in NZ)
4) One Tree Grill.
6) Prego (Food and service is always to a high standard), but the experience can differ based on the crowd there at the time. Noise can be a real issue.
Takeaways are the worst, we rarely get consistently good experiences. Dumplings are about the best of it. Mr Zhou's on Mt Eden Road are always good.
Pizza - Al Volo, 27 Mt Eden Rd. The best in Auckland & quite probably NZ. Nobody else even gets close.