Auckland is a city spoiled for choice when it comes to pan-Asian cuisine, so it goes without saying that standing out from the crowd is no easy feat.
Tucked away on Newmarket's Davis Crescent is Auckland's newest Asian eatery, Tao, boasting contemporary Chinese fare and a modern outlook on casual dining. Upon arrival, it becomes obvious that Tao have nailed the basics and serving "simple, fresh food" is a mission statement that the team here are delivering on.
From the Soft-Shell Crab and Wasabi Mayonnaise – succulent, moreish and widely sought-after – to the surprisingly light Chicken and Cheese Dumplings and traditional Pork Shu Mai, TAO's buzzing atmosphere is something previously reserved for the eateries that decorate Ponsonby Road. The music and understated interior fit out reaffirm the general vibe here - lively, warm and inviting - while the craft beer list reads like a who's who of reputable local brewers.
On a Tuesday night, the intimate space is comfortably full, with the bar your first port of call. Tao is a perfect example of casual, contemporary Chinese cuisine designed to share. From Tuesday to Sunday, grazing on Tao's bamboo steamers filled with fresh and delicious dumplings is the ideal way to spend an evening.
61 Davis Cres,
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am - 11pm
TAO's buzzing atmosphere is something previously reserved for the eateries that decorate Ponsonby Road.