The promise of being able to see people, friends and whanau outside, in Auckland's limbo between levels has been off the table more often than not recently.
Bad weather has been the epitome of Auckland’s weekends, alongside cancelled plans and the faded hope of meeting loved ones for a picnic.
But good times are on the horizon, as the weekend ahead is due to be showered in sunshine for the first weekend in a while.
With the sun blistering this weekend, there couldn’t be a better time to check out the picnic bundles that restaurants are putting on.
Many RIPA Merchants have been put through the wringer these past months. Facing challenges from not being able to open at all, to operating completely contactless in level three. The lack of people unable to dine in or travel into the city for work makes it especially difficult.
Yet still, central restaurants have created unique offerings and bundles for locals to enjoy and after months of eating in, who wouldn't want to indulge?
Here are some specials a handful of our merchants are running:
If you are looking for truly delicious Japanese cuisine, then the izakaya-style eatery, Ebisu, is the place to be.
Ebisu is offering some mouthwatering sushi and sashimi platters for contactless pickup. There is a range on offer suiting bigger groups, smaller groups and even the kids; a handful of platters on offer include:
With the largest mezcal and tequila collection in Auckland, Ghost Donkey seeks to disrupt what Kiwis commonly know the spirits to be. However, they are also reviving Mexican cuisine in New Zealand, with recipes coming straight from their executive chef – a Michelin starred culinarian from their New York Restaurant.
Ghost-To-Go is the latest addition, catering to Aucklander’s taco and nacho cravings, for when homemade just isn’t enough.
Taco Kits: $40 - $95
Served in fresh, authentic la Mexicana corn tortillas, there is smokey brisket, mole chicken, or spicy pulled jackfruit on offer.
The taco kits come in packs of 10:
Smokey Brisket: 10 pack, $50
Mole Chicken: 10 pack, $50
Pulled Jackfruit: 10 pack, $40
And packs of 20:
Smokey Brisket: 20 pack, $95
Mole Chicken: 20 pack, $95
Pulled Jackfruit: 20 pack, $75
Nacho kits: $26
Loaded with slaw and mozzarella, the Ghost-To-Go nachos are stacked with your choice of mole chicken or beef brisket.