When there's a wintry chill in the air, there's nothing better than finding a cosy Auckland restaurant to escape the chill and fill your belly full of warming, delicious comfort food. That's why we've found five great restaurants that specialise in comfort eating and well fed feasting. And if you have a favourite restaurant to escape the chill that you love in Auckland, why not share your recommendation for it on their Localist listing? Rug up, Auckland! 

Daikoku Ramen reviewed by Asher W.

If you're in the Britomart area and are looking for something to warm you up to the very core you can't go past Daikoku Ramen. It would be easy to go past this small poky Japanese establishment but it would be a foolish mistake. When I go there I tend to choose the ramen soup combo that comes served with a side of gyoza dumplngs and of course a Japanese beer. The soup, chicken based with home made egg noodles is served with bamboo and generous hunks of pork, is delicious and the dumplings are always tasty and fresh.  

The Portland Public House reviewed by Charlotte R.

The Portland Public House is a bit of a nostalgia trip for me, back to Dunedin days, with its student flat style retro furniture and kitsch games decorating the walls. We went there for some heart-warming food and boy did we get it. First up was a serving of hand cut chips and maorioli - tom sauce and aioli. The chips were cooked to perfection, crisp on the outside with soft fluffy innards and served wrapped in paper. For the main event I had the vege dhal which was spicy and delicious, with toasted ciabatta. The bacon burger looked like a classic Kiwi burger with all the trimmings and by all accounts was also lip-smackingly good. Chased by a mulled wine, it was the perfect meal on a crisp winter evening.

Prego Restaurant reviewed by Helene R.

In my opinion, despite its popular outdoor area Prego Restaurant is the perfect spot for dining come winter on Ponsonby Road. As well as having a collection of blankets for those still insisting on dining al fresco, they have the heartiest lasagne in town as well as two risotto offerings and lashings of stellar red wine options to wash it all down. This doesn’t even include their legendary pizza, which has fans all over the world. A legend for a reason, with fare that keeps them coming back for more.

Zus & Zo reviewed by Sarah I.

At $16 it was a little pricey, but the flavour combo sounded so good I had to go there... cauliflower, coconut and ginger soup, with pecorino on toast on the side. IT WAS DELICIOUS. A special, but not the only good thing on offer at Zus & Zo - whatever you opt for you'll likely walk away feeling mucho satisfied.

Love a Duck Northcote reviewed by Ellie P.

Despite Love a Duck's somewhat shabby decor (shabby but never ever less than spotlessly clean) I have never walked away feeling less than 100% satisfied with Love a Duck. The food is sensational (I always get crispy pork noodle soup (sooooo gooood) as is the service (probably better than in any average western restaurant you've ever been to, they find just the right balance between always providing what you want while not being annoying either) and (the best part) the bill is always ridiculously cheap. To the point where I leave feeling guilty for not leaving a really big tip. Overall, a great place.