About The Hat System

The Hats

The hat system is our criteria for assessing restaurants. A score out of 20 is the assessment of the total restaurant experience. Up to nine points are given for food (flavour, technique, produce, balance) and up to four points for service (knowledge, care, professionalism). Four to wine and wine service (wine menu, staff knowledge, pricing), and up to three points for ambience (decor, lighting, buzz). Scores of 15 or more receive a hat - the more hats, the higher the score.

The scoring

The Hat Winners For 2017

2017 One Hat Winners

Amano
Arbour
Azabu
Baduzzi
Bracu
Cazador
Chameleon
Charley Noble
Chillingworth Road
Chim Choo Ree
Depot
Elephant Hill
Euro
Field & Green
Gatherings
Gusto
Harbourside
Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
Hippopotamus
Hopgood’s & Co
Malo
Noble Rot
O’Connell Street Bistro
Ortega Fish Shack
Pasta e Cuore
Pegasus Bay
Ponsonby Road Bistro
Saggio di Vino
Sherwood
Soul Bar & Bistro
The Shed at Te Motu
Two Chefs Bistro
Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery
WBC
Whitebait

2017 Two Hat Winners

Amisfield
Apero
Bistronomy
Black Estate
Bracken
Cassia
Logan Brown
Orphans Kitchen
Pacifica
Palate
Pasture
Rata
The Grill by Sean Connolly
Victoria Street Bistro

2017 Three Hat Winners

Clooney
Cocoro
Kazuya
Merediths
Roots
Sidart
The French Café
The Grove