SOUL BAR & BISTRO

15/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

As such a long-stand­ing fix­ture of the Viaduct restau­rant scene, Soul could eas­ily be over­looked for newer, edgier op­tions. It shouldn’t be, how­ever – the food here is con­sis­tently good, and at times out­stand­ing, with the lengthy menu cater­ing to al­most ev­ery whim. Seafood is the main­stay and they do it very well – a cou­ple of re­cent high­lights were trevally carpac­cio with lime and pas­sion­fruit dress­ing, granny smith ap­ple, av­o­cado and jalapeno, and a near-per­fect ravi­oli of Waikanae crab with saf­fron and shell­fish but­ter sauce. The wait­staff are friendly, in­formed and ef­fi­cient and the wine list is great, with an ex­ten­sive by-the-glass se­lec­tion. The vibe here is al­ways buzzy, and if you can nab a spot on the deck on a per­fect Auck­land day, it’s hard to top. Cnr Lower Hob­son St & Cus­toms St West, Viaduct Har­bour, ph: 09-356 7249, soul­bar.co.nz Lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $30-$39.50 IN BRIEF Guar­an­teed good times by day or night in a prime har­bour­side set­ting

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