It's August, the final month of winter, which means there's nothing more tempting than to snuggle up indoors and order in an overpriced curry.
But this might get you off the couch - it's also American Express Restaurant Month, when different spots around the city provide specialty menus at low prices.
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It's basically a foodie's dream.
We've put together some of the best $25 and $40 menus around the city, so you can go forth and treat yourself (on a budget).
Top $25 Menus
Gusto at the Grand | $25 for a 2 course lunch menu with a glass of wine
Showcasing delectable Italian dishes with classic flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients, Gusto at the Grand is the perfect spot for a meal with friends. Designed by renowned Chef Sean Connolly, their special Restaurant Month menu includes pea, mint, ricotta bruschetta to start and a main of Pappardelle al Ragù alla Bolognese. A delicious wine match is also included.
SEVEN | $25 for a 3 course dinner & lunch
With the best view in town and a delicious menu to boot, you won't want to miss eating at SEVEN during Restaurant Month. Enjoy a three-course meal that includes BBQ char siu bao, with hoisin mayo, spring onion, and pork crackling, while enjoying stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour from the incredible rooftop space of the Seafarers Building.
The Culpeper | $25 for a 2 course dinner & lunch
If you're looking to enjoy meal with a relaxed, fun vibe, head down to Culpeper during Restaurant Month. Executive Chef Gareth Stewart has drawn on influences from around the globe to create an eclectic fusion of tastes and flavours - think lamb merguez corn dogs with hazelnut dukkah spice - so you can enjoy a delicious two-course meal, paired with an alluring waterfront location.
Top $40 Menus
Cafe Hanoi | $40 for a 3 course dinner
Set in the heart of Britomart, Cafe Hanoi is a modern Vietnamese restaurant inspired by the flavours and faded elegance of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Their Restaurant Month offering includes a selection of delicious dishes to choose from, including an aromatic curry, green papaya salad, citrus, palm sugar & spice crème brûlée and much more.
Scarecrow | $40 for a 2 course lunch + coffee
Described as an 'urban farmers market' and gourmet café, Scarecrow showcases Auckland's regional artisan producers. Settle in for lunch here during Restaurant Month and enjoy a delicious two-course menu with a complimentary espresso and truffle to finish. We love the sound of the Laganella pasta dish on their menu - the ultimate winter comfort food!
White + Wongs | $40 for a 3 course dinner and vegetarian dinner
Taking inspiration from classic street food cuisine from across China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, White + Wongs has created a diverse menu for food-lovers this restaurant month. With a classic menu or vegetarian option, there will be something for everyone, with favourite dishes including Pad Thai and Bang Bang chicken in the mix.
You can find out more about American Express Restaurant Month here.