O'Connell Street Bistro in O'Connell Street, Auckland is a restaurant I have no hesitation recommending to overseas guests - especially well travelled overseas guests.
Last month we had friends from Chile visiting New Zealand. When a meal out was suggested we chose O'Connell Street Bistro knowing they would enjoy the experience and we could feel proud of what Auckland was capable of offering when it comes to dining out.
This tiny restaurant has of about a dozen tables with an excellent wine list and an interesting menu. We can recommend the Fish (the Special that night), the Beef sirloin and the Veal escalopes. Their Tahitian Vanilla Panna Cotta is famous around Auckland and and I can confirm it deserves the recognition, while the Summer Pudding is also recommended.
The staff were attentive and unobtrusive and we were all extremely happy with our night out.