This Is The Best Place To Go In Auckland For An Express Lunch

When we are working 9-5 we want to make the most of our time. Who has the energy to be sociable after work every night, right?

As a result, catching up with our friends can start to ween. We don’t see them for a week, a month…next thing you know they’re engaged and you didn’t even get to hear the juicy first date goss as it happened (okay, maybe that is an over exaggeration, but you get the drift).

The best solution, and one that has got all of us in a little trouble in the past, is the lunch-date. Unfortunately, only having an hour for lunch can see us picking a food court (no judgement) so we don’t have to sneak back into work late with our head tucked and our belly full.

There is, however, a solution.

The Cibo express lunch. This Parnell gem is not only a super cute spot for a lunch catch up, but (on a good traffic day) you can eat and uber back to work within the hour.

The menu is delicious, and if like me you go with photographers – totally instagrammable.


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Between the three of us, this is what we ordered.



Cost: $44 – $49 pp + drinks

Value for money: While the portion sizes are reminiscent of the high-end restaurant that it is, you aren’t left hungry. In fact, you are left satisfied and not regretting your decision to over eat.

Notable mentions: The staff! Often when you go somewhere for an express lunch tensions are high and the staff can seem as though they don’t want to be there.  Maitre d’ Jeremy Turner and his team were nothing like this, in fact, none of them looked down on us when we were those people taking photos of our food or asking them (multiple times) to take photos of us.