New Zealand restaurants offering signature recipes to whip up at home

celeste carrot dish, mexico chicken dish
Whip up some of your favourite restaurant dishes yourself at home. Photo credit: Celeste/Mexico.

If you're anything like me, the main thing you've been missing during the COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown - apart from cuddling loved ones, of course - is dining out at your favourite eateries. 

I've been dreaming of the sushi I'm going to gorge on and I fantasise about being handed an actual wine list. These are 'first world problems', but if you're similarly mourning the absence of eating out, you'll understand.

Luckily some of our favourite dining spots from around Aotearoa have provided the recipes behind their signature dishes, meaning you can enjoy the next-best-thing at home. 

We've collated some of our top picks, so you can whip up a restaurant-worthy feast for your family, flatmates or just a bubble-restricted date night. 


If you're missing popping into beloved nationwide fave Mexico for a drink and some spicy snacks, here's something that will fill the void. On the Mexico NZ website you'll find online recipe guide 'Mexico at Home'. Most of your menu faves are there, including their signature classic margarita you can whip up from the comfort of your own kitchen. Our picks are the patatas bravas and jackfruit quesadilla, all washed down with a rose sangria.


Bar Céleste on Karangahape Road was becoming a firm Auckland fave in the few months in between its opening and the lockdown shutting its doors. But if you've been eating a little too much baking during lockdown, chef Nick Landsman has revealed the secrets to their refreshing staple grated carrot dish, 'carottes râpées', which should undo the damage. 

"As simple as it sounds it's a firm favourite at Céleste; a fresh, versatile side that goes with everything from beautiful whole flounder to roast chicken or beef, or enjoyed as we often do as a light lunch with good bread, oozy goats cheese and a slice of pâté de campagne," the Céleste Instagram post reads.

Lone Star

Whether you're feeding a family within your bubble or you're just in need of a little comfort food, have we got the ultimate nostalgic treat for you! Kiwi family fave Lone Star is sharing some of their top kitchen secrets on social media, revealing on Facebook how to make a home-style version of Baby Back Ribs for the 'Lonestar Lockdown' challenge.

Madam Woo

Country-wide Malaysian-food chain Madam Woo has offered up a dinner option that's especially great as cold weather sweeping the country this week. Staying indoors is definitely a lot more appealing when you have a big bowl of this slow-cooked beef rendang to eat. The best part is that all the spices used in this recipe can be easily picked up at your local supermarket so you don't leave your bubble's area.