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Tuesday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday5:00 – 9:00 pm.


2 Birch Street, Central Dunedin

03 477 4235

Hidden under the Otago Peninsula Road overpass you will find PLATO, an eatery that is retro both inside and out. Formerly a hostel for seamen, Mondrian-inspired blocks of red, white and blue cover the exterior and interior walls, whilst upstairs in the bar the retro theme continues with tan-coloured finishings and paintings of Tretchikoff-looking girls.

The menu here focuses on fresh fish (they are located on the harbour front after all), local meat and organic herbs, which all make for delicious and healthy meals. The dishes change to match what's in season but one option you can never go wrong with is the fresh fish fillet of your choice, pan-fried, with steamed rice and finished with spring onion, ginger and garlic. Check the blackboard for seasonal offerings like Bluff oysters and octopus salad.

The PLATO team is headed by chef Nigel Broad and his daughter, Rose. Together the two run a tight ship and add to the restaurant's unique charm. PLATO also serves as a one-of-a-kind event venue that'll have your guests thinking they've stepped onto the set of a Wes Anderson movie.

Every type of vintage jug imaginable takes pride of place on PLATO's shelves, windowsills and bookcases. No matter where you turn you’ll be greeted by colourful ceramic and plastic knick-knacks from days gone by. It’s a collector's dream but unfortunately, nothing (inedible) is for sale. Come for an excellent local meal but stay for PLATO's welcoming and whimsical atmosphere. We guarantee you won't find anything like it in Dunedin or beyond.

Words by Abigail Egden & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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2 Birch Street, Central Dunedin

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