Auckland City 09-303 9660
- Mon – Fri 12noon – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
- Sat 6pm – 10:30pm
- Private Functions
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Cibo Parnell – restaurant, brassiere, bar, catering, functions, weddings, party, food, wine, liqueurs, coffee, fine dining, a la carte, events
26 Reviews for Cibo Restaurant
The stuff written below is my opinion.
I ordered the steak (Char-grilled Angus Pure eye fillet, oxtail ‘French toast’, spinach, horseradish marshmallow) $43. The steak was soft and moist. Nicely seared on the outside. But it looked better than it tasted. I prefer the taste of a standard scotch fillet on a bbq grill on the lawn. However, the unique combination of the entire dish was what made the dish interesting. They had french toast and pickled onion. Combing the pickled onion with the steak was an amazing party of flavour in my mouth.
My girlfriend ordered the duck (Gameford duck leg, glazed duck breast, sweet potato, sesame lychee crumble, pot sticker gnocchi) . Two pieces of duck came out. The small was nice and moist. But the bigger leg-looking piece was extremely dry and burnt on the outside. I would eat this if my life depended on it and had I known that the dish was like this, I certainly would not have paid the $43 for it. I might as well just donated that money to a Nigerian Prince.
The prawns (Salt crusted prawns, pad Thai noodles, coconut caramel, grilled lime, peanut dust) $28. If I saw you ordering this, I would have jumped to your table, got down on my knees and begged you to not have it. The prawns were good but the pad thai part was 98% salt and 2% pad thai. There was too much salt and sourness, I dont remember much of the eating experience.
The dessert. WOW this was amazing. The best dessert I ever had in my life hands down! Beats any dish I tried in Milse or other fine dining places. Ordered the Salted caramel peanut ice-cream sandwich, spiced ganache, glazed banana) $17. Big points on novelty, presentation, quantity and taste. The ice cream had some sort of nut in it which went well with theMore caramel sauce laying seductively all over the floor. I got a scoop of ice cream and tried to mop the caremel with it. I give 10/10 for both this dish and the tiramisu ball-looking Tiramisu profiteroles $10.
Overall: mains hang around the grey area between sucking and OK. Dessert is like Captain America in the Avengers.
Moody, clean, green and classy. A bit bright for a place to seduce your opposite sex and your imperfections will show. Dont recommend it to non-couples but for couples who have already been together for some time.
Every single staff was really nice. Struck the nice balance between annoying and attentive. No pride play seen by any staff or any artificial smiles or “ugh… just wait a minute” crap you see with other staff elsewhere.
Value is subjective, I know. I didn’t feel that the mains were amazing, novel or tasty enough to warrant the near $50 prices. I really wanted to just throw away the duck then and there but I am not rude so I ate it. Same goes for the prawns. These are dishes I would have complained even if I bought them at a takeaway store for $5. They should PAY ME to eat it. Dessert was just amazing. Best money I spent.
Visited July 2013
When you walk in you are greeted as if you are a regular (as cliche as that sounds it’s the best way I could describe it) even though I had never been. All waiters and waitresses had perfect knowledge of their menu and were very attentive.
Not going to lie, for a lot of the entrees we tried I had no idea what I was eating but all dishes definitely over-delivered on taste and creativity.
Visited April 2013
A ‘must book’ place with fantastic service and atmosphere.
Fish was the winner on the night with fresh natural oysters for entree and perfectly cooked John Dory for main. Followed up by apple pie as good as mum makes.
Worth dressing up and hunting out.
Sashimi tower, Pork Belly, Whitebait omlette, vegetarian (Beetroot?) entree’s.
Venison, Steak, Hot pot and Confit Duck Mains.
Great service, welcome and aperitif’s. wine recommendation perfect from a good looking wine list that doesn’t set out to confuse. Everyone commented that there were at least 3 dishes that they would normally order – so it was tough to actually decide what to order (well done Chef also for apparently having a great vegetarian offer).
All mains were cooked to perfection, i had the Duck and it was tender and moist, the beef cheek was fantastic and the steak cooked exactly as ordered.
not my first time here, and certainly not the last. If you are looking for absolute consistency and top quality food, wine, ambience and service, i could not recommend Cibo more highly.
Thanks again to Cibo – look forward to the next time…
Would highly recommend.
oh and the staff were fantastic – some of the best service i have seen in a long time
Will be back again with the mrs !
My experience at Cibo consisted of delicious food, great wine and exceptional service.
We could not fault the service or the food, our waiter went out of his way to engage with us without being to ‘in your face’, the food was different but delicious with lots of foreign flavors all complimenting each other.
I would definitely go back but would wait for a special occasion as this is the type of place that you want to savor and make last.
Cibo is safe always up there at the top possibly not always number one but close every year.
Great restaurant that is as good as anywhere.
Just wish we could get to the delicious puddings more often
thoroughly recommend this Auckland this great restaurant
Tony Buckingham January 2010
My own hot and cold crab was unusual and the duck main delicious. We couldn’t manage desert but next time I will take the waiters advice and have three starters and perhaps a pud. I was pleasantly surprised at the bill for a restaurant that would be good any were in the world it is extremely reasonable.I booked again for the following Saturday and expect to go there a few more times this stay.It is number one equal with Euro in my book.
Mind you Auckland has some great restaurants.
My meal was January 18th
A longtime favourite haunt of old money, ad execs, creative folk – everyone is made to feel at home.
We sampled their newest menu – launched on Monday – and it was simple but well-executed.
The cervena was just sublime – melt-in-your mouth and such a good textural mix placed on finely sliced beetroot ribbons. My partner had the steak – and wouldn’t share a bite! We compromised on field mushrooms which were piping hot and full of flavour.
When it came to dessert, I plumped for my all-time favourite, creme brulee, while my partner was swayed by Jeremy’s suggestion that the Sticky Date pudding was the way to go – and at least I got to sample this. They each had their own special charm – the caramelized topping on the brulee was perfect – but the ginger flavour permeating the sticky date pudding was something else. The “sticky” wine I requested to accompany dessert was perfect too.
The kitchen’s timing with all the meals was superb, and Cibo is the perfect place for a special occasion, or when you feel you deserve a night where the best of everything is guaranteed.