In the culinary contest for best restaurant in Auckland, there's no clear winner. And that's a win-win situation for diners as the contenders are all superb. Clooney is towards the top of the pack, as sexy as movie star George in its looks (the eatery is set in a converted warehouse and uses a lot of dark leather in the seating and netting curtains to give each table privacy) serving food that is exceptional. Venison with a cocoa mille-feuille, preserved cherries, black pudding, and licorice is a typically creative dish; there are many others, and they change constantly. In 2014, Metro Magazine awarded Clooney its top prize for degustation menus. Diners can also choose their dishes a la carte.
- Frommer's Staff