TOBI, Auckland

My friend and I hit Tobi on its first week of opening, and it was packed with a Friday lunch crowd.  Nonetheless, they found us a seat and provided excellent service.  We enjoyed a speedy lunch of; 

  • Trevally Crudo
  • Venison Carpaccio
  • Shimp Cocktail

To go with the European-inspired menu the wine menu is dominated by European wines. It's cool to see a "chilled red" section as this is certainly en-pointe right now. We noticed they have two of the Italian wines we retail. Alta Mora and Pieropan Soave.

Tobi with Albert Cho is the latest offering by David Lee, a prolific and skilled restaurateur. Founding also Gochu, Aigo Noodle Bar, Crack Chicken, Poni and The Candy Shop along with a coffee roastery.  

Tobi is an all-day eatery situated on Ponsonby Road that combines classic European bistro with nostalgic Kiwi flavours.

The interior of the restaurant has splashes of that bright blue I'd associate with Greece. It is open, with a bit of a cramped entry as the stairs let out to where you wait to be seated or pay. This does add to the excitement. The general feeling is openness as the ceiling lifts to meet the mezzanine seating upstairs.

Click here to view the interior in a thorough article written by Denizen.

It's pretty hot right now, I suggest you book:

Address: 110 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

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