How often do you dine out?
Cafe culture is alive and well in New Zealand with eating out one luxury Kiwis won't give up, despite tough economic times.
The third annual American Express Dining survey showed that 93 per cent of kiwis still dine out, although the number of people eating out each week is down 10 per cent from last year.
Auckland and Wellington residents were the most likely to indulge in eating meals made by chefs at least once a week.
Restaurant Association chief executive Marisa Bidois said dining out was part of the New Zealand social fabric.
"It's a good way to bring people together, celebrate and reward ourselves," she said
Just over half of the kiwis who responded to the survey had not changed their dining habits, but 30 per cent now take advantage of special offers such as internet daily deals and entertainment books.
"Some diners are 'shifting down' to a different type of restaurant. Essentially people are choosing restaurants and dining venues that are right for their current situation but still with an emphasis on quality food."
Half of the survey respondents rated quality food as very important when selecting somewhere to eat, while 45 per cent went for affordability. Excellent service was key for 39 per cent of respondents, and around a third favoured a good atmosphere.
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