We started Eat Here Now after years of being asked by friends and colleagues where to eat in Auckland. After a while, we realised that people were crying out for a new kind of restaurant reviewing: an online guide that gives it to you straight, with no fuss or faff.
We won’t tell you what the weather was like the night we visited a restaurant and we don’t give our dining partners nicknames like “the princess” or “the teacher”. That’s not going to help you decide where to take your Mum for lunch when she’s in town for a few days. You won’t find advertorial here, either: the restaurants featured on this site have all been visited anonymously, often several times, and have no prior knowledge that they’ve been reviewed.
You also won’t find unmoderated user-driven reviews in which the writer tells you their steak was “nice” – there’s more than enough of that already. And we firmly believe that the last thing you need to read is yet another biting review of some hapless restaurant – that’s self-serving and helps no one, so we only publish reviews of places that we really think are worth consideration. That’s not to say these are slavishly positive reviews: if we see faults, we’ll call ‘em.
What you will find are two experienced restaurant reviewers telling you where they think is good to eat in Auckland, and what you will find is some of the best restaurant photography in New Zealand – online or offline – from David Straight, who we have been lucky enough to work with from the beginning.