Dining out without the price tag

05:05, Apr 20 2012
Dining out
GRAB A BARGAIN: Dining out doesn't have to cost the earth.

In a city where we're forking over most of our hard-earned cash on rent and mortgages, it can be hard to stomach the cost of eating out. So whether you're in the mood for hearty Italian or a fancy degustation, we've cased the city's best food deals.


A $19 price tag on an Italian buffet might seem too good to be true. But at Pane e Vino, parties of eight or more can dig into hearty helpings of shared plates of pastas, breads, olives and desserts. The offer is valid on Monday or Tuesday nights.

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Simon Gault's Viaduct eatery is offering customers a pound of prawns, cooked three ways, for $20. The offer is valid during lunch times until Sunday, but bookings are essential. Next week's special will see Alaskan King Crab legs - served with a trio of butter - for $19. That offer runs from April 23 to May 3.

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Those with expensive tastes - and perhaps larger appetites - could splurge on Sidart's The Tuesday Test
Kitchen. The menu, which changes every week, is made up of eight courses, costing $80 a head. They cater for all dietary requirements.

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Find some weekend relief from the kitchen and head here with the kids. They can eat oodles of noodles for free from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Kids are also catered for at Sky City's Observatory, where a sky-high buffet lunch for two adults and two children will set you back $99.90 this Saturday and Sunday from 11.15am to 2.30pm. Admission to the Sky Tower Main Observation Level is included in the price.

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After work drinks at the pub can also easily turn into dinner, with The Langham's SPE serving up wood-fired pizza for $8 on Tuesdays between 5-7pm.

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Another day, another special at this Britomart eatery and pub. On Mondays pizzas are $10, on Tuesdays you can order two for one pizzas and main meals, and on Wednesdays you can snap up a main course for $15. And as an added relief to rainy days - and Sundays, regardless of the weather - it offers $3 Export Dry when it pours.

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If your tastes are more exotic, the Mexican Cafe's happy hour between 5-7pm each day serves up vegetarian nachos for $8 and chicken or beef versions for $9, while tacos are $7. That's plenty to smile about - you won't even need to load up on tequila.



Curry diners get the best value for money. The Copthorne Hotel's Tactics Restaurant has a daily Curry 'n Hurry deal, where customers pay $8.50 per head - and if the meal doesn't arrive in 20 minutes, it's free.

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Indiagate Restaurant in Epsom also serves up $9.90 mains on Mondays through to Thursdays - but it does not include seafood and Indo-chinese menu choices.

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* Do you know of a good dining deal in Auckland? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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