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December 15, 2021 By admin Off

Joy Bong Thai is certainly one of the tastiest BYO restaurants in Auckland. The pork ribs with tamarind, ginger and soy glaze are not to be missed. Life’s too short to say no to dessert especially when we’re talking about these infamous banana fritters. Or if you’re after a feast, opt for the banquet menu from just $30 per head.

If you love a hidden gem, Tasca is your place. Tucked away behind the cafe-style storefront you’ll find a secluded outdoor courtyard and olive garden to wine and dine the evening away in. Serving delicious Mediterranean fare, is there really anything better than abundant tapas and Spanish wine?

If you enjoy nice décor and friendly customer service, don’t visit Canton Cafe. However, if it’s good times you’re after, Canton is your one stop shop. Book a table, recruit your tribe and load up on garlic prawns and Lindauer. A night out at the iconic Chinese restaurant is always a distinctly rowdy affair.

Mutiara Malaysian restaurant takes inspiration from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Our top picks are the butter prawns (flavoured with garlic, chilli and fragrant curry leaves) and the traditional rendang kampung (a thick, spicy coconut curry served with either beef or chicken). Rock up to this Ponsonby gem with your brown-papered bottle in hand, slap down a small corkage charge and eat your way through the extensive menu.

To BBQ or not to BBQ? That IS the question at Korean BBQ joint Faro. And, in our humble opinion, we vote BBQ. Choose from a selection of raw meat dishes (the pork belly and marinated beef steaks are our faves) to cook on your very own grill and enjoy with tasty sides. Whether you’re trying to impress your Tinderella or your friends from out of town, Faro’s interactive dining experience is your go-to.


Po’ Brothers is all about cheap (but good) eats using flavour influences from across Asia including Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. Don’t go past the duck red curry or unicorn spring rolls—they will certainly hit the Asian fusion spot.

Just like their website says, “When you visit Pane e Vino, you’re in for a treat!”. This is a perfect spot for pizza lovers. Grab your crew together and devour a few slices over your favourite drink. The menu is plentiful, with not just one but SIX different sorts of bruschetta in the antipasto section. You’ll be greeted with ‘Ciao Bella’ and you’ll have a hard time wanting to leave the beautiful interior of this place.

You can’t call yourself an Aucklander until you’ve scoffed 20 dumplings dressed in your Friday night best at New Flavour. Gather your squad, grab a bottle of Passion Pop from the Liquorland down the road and demolish a plate of tasty morsels before you hit the town.

If the Italians have one thing right and it's pizza and wine. Grab an exotic Tuscan bottle and make your way to Archie’s in Newmarket, who serve gourmet wood-fired pizzas like classic Alla Margarita or the more adventurous Al Salmone with salmon, mozzarella, cream cheese and mesclun.

Settled along the main strip of Ponsonby is Chu Thai Eatery, a BYO wine restaurant serving colourful Thai food with a twist. We’re talking mouth-watering noodles, juicy bao, vibrant poké bowls and flavoursome broths—all perfectly paired with your choice of bottle shop vino.

Taking over the old Sawadee spot on Ponsonby road and with another branch in Epsom, you'll want to make a beeline for the classy De Grand Thai Restaurant. We recommend getting the starter platter to share as an entree complete with spring rolls, gari puffs, prawn patties and satay skewers. After all, messy Thai food and a bottle of red are the ingredients of a night to remember.

When the comfort of a curry is all you’re craving, head to Oh Calcutta in Parnell. Tuck into an array of lip-smackingly good tandoori delights, Punjabi Saag Ghosht and of course, Butter Chicken.

There are a lot of things to love about Sri Penang. Firstly, their Malaysian chicken curry is all sorts of amazing. Secondly, the owner, Angie, is one of the friendliest people in Auckland. And lastly, corkage is a measly $1 per person. Need we say more? Pro tip: order lots of rotis.

This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of our friends over at Nishiki. A generous space that seats even the largest of crowds, round up your crew and eat (and drink) yourselves silly. Don’t leave without trying the infamous Japanese pancake though, it’s one thing you’ll remember from the night for sure.

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A good meal becomes a great meal when it’s paired with a glass of your favourite vino. You bring the booze and they’ll take care of the food at any one of these fine Auckland establishments. Read on to discover the best BYO restaurants in Auckland and get ready to eat, drink and be merry.

Wine bottle in hand or not, Moto Sushi is the Japanese joint you need in your life. Located down wooden fairy lit stairs in Parnell, the small bustling restaurant is a favourite amongst locals. The bento box is our must-have off the menu and perfect for first timers as it provides a taste of everything. There’s also no going wrong with a classic teriyaki chicken roll, served with freshly cooked rice and avo.

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Penang Coffee House.

Pacific Seafood BBQ House.


Soupy, expertly pleated xiao long bao draw every type of diner – from students grabbing a quick bite to large groups settling in for a feast around the Lazy Susans – to this three-storey CBD dumpling house. But as well as the food, diners are also drawn to the BYO policy: you can BYO (wine only) for just $4.50 per head.

Discerning Hawthorners have been coming to this neighbourhood restaurant for date nights, birthdays, business meetings and more for almost three decades. Alongside sophisticated Japanese fare – think pristine sushi and sashimi, and heartier dishes like konbu beef or miso black cod – chef and owner Yasu Yoshida allows diners to BYO wine for lunchtime bookings and on Wednesday nights for $15 per person.

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Jim’s Greek Tavern in Collingwood. Photo: Simon Schluter.

Both north and south iterations of this Chinese barbecue house allow diners to BYO wine only for $6 corkage per bottle. So make for the flock of golden-breasted Peking ducks you’ll see hanging by their necks in the front window, grab a table among the tanks of live seafood, and dive in.

20 Meyers Place, Melbourne.

The relaxed BYO policy adds to the charm of this Collingwood taverna. They’ll bring house-made dips, salty fried saganaki and platters of grilled meat, and you bring whatever you want to drink in whatever quantities (a whole slab of beer is a-OK), whack it in the dining room’s communal fridge and top yourself up as required. Corkage is free.

Teta Mona.

As befits the spirit of hospitality this CBD institution is famous for, the Wa  iters Club (as it’s also known) allows you to bring your own wine for free. Climb the flight of stairs that lead from Meyers Place to the rustic, whitewashed dining room and order either pasta or classic Italian dishes like osso bucco to pair with your favourite bottle.


Jim’s Greek Tavern.


224 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy; 162 Greville Street, Prahran;

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If you’re looking for traditional, home-style Lebanese fare in a more upmarket setting, Carlton institution Abla’s also allows you to BYO wine. So if you’ve been saving a special bottle that you think will pair perfectly with chef Amad’s juicy cabbage rolls or her famous almond-topped chicken and rice, you can bring it for $15 per bottle (Monday to Thursday only).

Carlton favourite D.O.C. Pizzeria lets small groups (less than eight) bring their own wine. So get some friends together and start with a DOP-certified prosciutto board or a “mozzarella degustation” (including a lightly smoked fior di latte) before loading up on pizza and finishing with a sweet goat’s cheese-based tiramisu or cannoli – all matched with your wine of choice.

If you needed an excuse to get to Teta Mona, which dishes up Lebanese soul food to hordes of hungry locals daily, it’s this: you can BYO wine and beer for just $5 per person. At the time of print, BYO is the only option (there’s a Blackhearts and Sparrows across the road if you forget) but the team are waiting on a liquor licence.

295 Drummond Street, Carlton,

D.O.C Pizza & Mozzarella Bar.

The Waiters Restaurant.

The Waiters Restaurant AKA The Waiters Club. Photo: Justin McManus.

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Shop 1, 210 Toorak Road, South Yarra; 8/240 Victoria Street, Richmond;

HuTong Dumpling Bar.

Lebanese feasting at Abla’s in Carlton. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Pizza bar Ladro allows you to BYO wine only to both its Fitzroy and Prahran (where usually it’s TAP wine only) locations on Monday nights. There’s a tiny corkage fee involved – $5 a bottle – but it goes straight to charity. Sounds like an invitation to rally the troops for a start-of-the-week Italian feast.

Looking for a restaurant that’ll allow you to bring that special bottle you’ve been saving for an occasion, or some beers to go with your banquet? Here are 10 Melbourne restaurants offering BYO.

Signatures at this Hawthorn institution include roti paratha (roti with curry sauce) and laksa lemak – a rich, steaming bowl of soupy noodles with roasted pork, chicken, bean curd and bean shoots. But the best bit? You can BYO for 80 cents per person which covers the use of the restaurant’s glassware. Drink straight from the source and you won’t be charged.