TOP RESTAURANTS AND BARS NAMED

A WIDE-ranging list of restaurants and bars were named in this year’s annual HospitalityNZ awards at the industry gathering in Nelson this month. Top of the list as the Supreme Award winner was Napier’s Art Deco Masonic Hotel that also took out the country’s best accommodation title, most of the other 15 awards highlight restaurants and bars from around the country.
The best restaurant award went to the Portlander Bar & Grill in Wellington, the best café to another Wellington property, Spruce Goose and the best national bar went to Auckland’s The Occidental. Among the other key awards, Hamilton’s Smith & Mackenzie Chophouse won Excellence in Customer Service, the best new bar was The Hideaway Bar in Wellington, and the best beverage list was Napier’s Indigo Restaurant.
The independent judges named the best dishes as Sugarhorse Bar & Eatery in Christchurch (dishes under $25) and Wellington’s Bolton Hotel (dishes over $25). In all, there were 15awards this year, all of whom reflected an incredible amount of passion and commitment from owners and staff delivering outstanding customer experiences.