The Local Waiheke Island

Snapper ‘n’ Chips

Awarded by H.
My nomination for an iconic Auckland dish is the "Snapper 'n' Chips" from The Local on Waiheke Island. This dish features the freshest snapper in a crispy beer batter, served with steak-cut fries seasoned with a touch of rosemary, zesty slaw, and homemade tartare sauce. It's an exceptional take on a classic Kiwi favorite, and it's the best version I've ever had. Beyond its delicious taste, this dish holds personal significance for me, as it's associated with many cherished memories. My wife and I often visit The Local for fish and chips on Friday nights after a busy week. The experience of enjoying this meal goes beyond the food itself; it's about the ambiance of sitting on the deck, watching the sunset over Oneroa Bay, sharing laughs, making weekend plans, sipping gin and tonics, and catching up with the lovely owners, Sara and Simon. This dish is a true Auckland icon, embodying the spirit of honest, hardworking Kiwis who create exceptional food.