Italian for "good food," cibo is an apt name for this restaurant with Mediterranean- and Asian-influenced dishes. The smart crowd has made this a second home, coming for the adventurous cuisine of chef Kate Fay, served by a sharp and relaxed staff led by co-owner Jeremy Turner, who is possibly Auckland's best maître d' and an avid cyclist. In an old chocolate factory, the restaurant opens onto a quiet courtyard, where you can dine by a fishpond lined with rushes
and lotus plants. Or take a table inside, where palms grow toward the high skylights. Steak is cooked with aplomb, and the menu reflects the best available of any season. This is a popular venue for weddings, so don't be surprised if you can't get a table on a summer Saturday. The wine list at this grown-up place is remarkably good.