Where To Eat - Date Night – Auckland

Whether you're going on a first date or you're going on a date night with your significant other, choosing a place to eat can be daunting. Inspired by Rexona's empowerment of New Zealand women being visible I've compiled a list of my favourite eateries in Auckland, perfect for date night. Rexona wants you to not sweat the small stuff - you can spend less time worrying about where to eat and focus on the more important aspects of the night.

These are  a selection of my favourite date night locations including two restaurants, two dessert eateries and two fast food joints.

Ostro is my number one go-to date night destination. You'll find a selection of my favourite dishes including Line Caught Tahitian Tuna with garden peas, wasabi mayo, karengo and pea shoots, Ostro Stecca Bread with seaweed butter and Fresh Fries with fresh herbs. I've sat in this restaurant at night, perched up on the second story it overlooks the water through crystal clear glass and I can tell you it instantly sets a romantic scene when the night falls and the waters reflection picks up all the city lights. For date night, I'd create a neutral toned makeup look paired with long lashes like my favourite XOBeauty lashes in The Romantic and Kylie Jenner lips using one of my favourite brown nudes.

Ebisu is my favourite Japanese restaurant in Auckland! You'll find sushi, sashimi along with their signature Wagu and Karitane Crayfish dishes and more. Perfect for those wanting to experience well executed Japanese cuisine. It's my favourite location for a bold red lipstick like my new Limited Edition MAC Salon Rouge and LBD - don't forget to use Rexona's Invisible Dry to feel confident and reassured that you're protected, free and clean of marks.

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Milse is a luxurious dessert shop located in the pavilions down at Britomart. Desserts in jars, mousse cakes, macarons, hand-made chocolate and even gelato on a stick line the wall of the small alley shop to takeaway. You can get a table for two and order of their A La Carte menu which contains deconstructed desserts using skilled techniques making Milse an experience like no other. I've always found it to be a perfect venue to conclude a date night or even to start one off.

Giapo is the most innovative ice-cream parlour in New Zealand. Here you'll find edible bespoke cones decorated in white chocolate and freeze dried raspberries along with edible cups rimmed with hokey pokey pieces. Each ice-cream is delicately created and topped with complimentary adornments such as macarons, truffles, brownie and more. A true gastronomic delight which I would indulge in after a movie date at Event Cinemas in Gold Class wearing my favourite Sass & Bide jeans and a Bassike tee.

Burger Burger has quickly become my favourite burger joint in town. Even the pickiest of eaters will be spoilt for choice with the option of choosing a 'bunnuce' which is a lettuce bun along with the options of charred broccoli and kumara chips as sides. They also use my favourite milk, Lewis Road Creamery, in their shakes. Located in Ponsonby Central this venue has a very casual and relaxed atmosphere. I'd wear my Cabo Nights Playsuit from Chiffon Boutique and pair it with my white Jeffrey Campbell platform sneakers.

Fish Smith is a fish and chip shop with an upmarket edge. Here you'll find fresh salads and grilled fish available for the health conscious along with the classic beer battered fish, chips and even their signature Fish Dog.  For me, date night would involve Fish Smith takeaways on the beach or heading down to Silo Cinema on a warm summer evening wearing my Designer Brands Lavish Lip Gloss in Coral and my Lonely Rose floral dress from Coco + Dawn.

This post was made possible thanks to the new Rexona Stay Visible which I've put to the test for the last month. It's been a recent addition to my date night essentials. I even did a sneaky last minute shave and sprayed the deodorant and it didn't sting! Whether I'm wearing a LBD or a white sweater it's kept my blacks black and whites white, free and clean of marks.