Piko Restaurant

4 star rating 7 reviews

Telephone 09 921 9932

55 Wellesley St East
Level 2, WH Building, AUT City Campus
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Bistro, A La Carte, Cafe
Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm
Provided by business


Piko is AUT University’s bistro offering fresh, modern cuisine in the heart of the city. Located on AUT’s vibrant inner-city campus and staffed by students in training, Piko is the perfect choice for a pre-theatre dinner, business lunch or just to pop in for coffee and cake


Photo of Piko Restaurant
Blue Warehou, complimented with spiced carrot purée, parsnip purée, baby carrot selection and micro greens.
Wild mushroom & cracked pepper tortellini with butternut purée & porcini cream sauce.
BBQ pulled Pork Burger with cabbage slaw and hand cut fries
Crispy halloumi on tomato bruschetta with poached eggs and basil pesto

More Information

Restaurants, Cafes, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
Meals Served:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Piko Restaurant

5 star rating
by Jemma J.
6th June 2013

I went here for lunch today with some people from work. It was a really big group.
I can be very scathing in my reviews if I feel someone deserves it.
So the negative part was that there was HUGE confusion with ordering. There was a really long wait as well, and due to the confusion, they accidentally doubled up on plates.
BUT they are students, and their lecturer (a lady who worked at AUT) was with them and helping them and apologising and showing how to do things properly.
The food was amazing – it was like masterchef food – hard to believe it was kids in that kitchen!
They even gave us a discount for the inconveniences.
I think I would like to go back, but with a smaller group.
I would expect to pay far more for the food they served up it was incredible, and they were very attentive.

5 star rating
by Shayne R.
19th October 2012

A really pleasant evening out – the food was great – with everyone in our group choosing something different – and everyone happy with their choice. the staff are attentive; the decor subtle but relaxing; the only down side is so many of the menu items sound great – so will have to go again to try out more.
Highly recommend with added bonus of supporting up and coming hospitality students!

5 star rating
by Gabriella G.
12th October 2012

In a nutshell – impressive. Piko blew us away with the exciting fusion menu options, un-fussy and yet attentive service, remarkably low pricing for the dinner special (a mere $24 for 3 full courses!) and excellent quality food. Even the playlist was great and so was the ambience. We didn’t notice the time fly by, even beyond closing, and kindly no one rushed us out. We will absolutely be back, and we’ll bring our friends!! Thank you Piko for a great experience that ticked all the boxes.

3 star rating
by Amy
14th June 2012

Went to have lunch today with a few friends.

Was quite busy. Service is quite good, bearing in mind that they are still students. I had the Caesar Salad, it was good but not great, a bit pricey for me as I’m a uni student as well. Their hand cut fries are good however!

Comment from Timothy B. of Piko Restaurant 12/10/2012   
Thank you for your comments Amy, I am glad you enjoy our hand cut…    More »
4 star rating
by theTaster
14th February 2012

I really like the food and the place, as most of the front staff are students sometimes you can feel their anxiety in their smile and talking,but it’s fine they’re learning.
As I can consider myself a challenge customer cos I’ve some food intolerance, they always atend my resquest well being cordial and flexible., even sometimes I think the chef get stressed with my order.
Food taste greate and portions are generous, price is good valeu for money.

3 star rating
by NomNomPanda
10th September 2011

As this place is full of student staff, both the food and the service can be variable. I’ve had a great meal here with everything just about perfect, as well as an average one with greasy hash cakes and rubbery poached eggs. The breakfasts are pretty good value for money, but the small plates are really entrees and you may want to supplement with a side (though the hand cut fries look more like oven chips than deep fried ones). I’ve never tried the large plates as they were above my lunch budget. The decor is clean and stylish at Piko, so it’s actually a pleasant place to eat, if you are not too fussy, and want to support the next generation of chefs and hospos.

4 star rating
by Kristie E.
31st March 2010

At these restaurants students cook and serve. I recently had lunch at Piko and the food is great, the chocolate mousse is the best I’ve ever had! Awesome value for money.

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