About PLATO

PLATO is located on Dunedin’s waterfront at the corner of Birch, Robert and Wharf Streets, directly underneath the Otago Peninsula road overpass. Lookout for the large colourful building and ‘Seafarers Hostel’ signage. Access is off Roberts Street.

The History of PLATO

PLATO was opened in 2002, by chef Nigel Broad. Backed by wide experience in kitchens, he brings a simple and uncomplicated approach to food. His style encompasses traditional, ethnic and simple tastes to his menu, using fresh and local produce. His philosophy is to produce food that he would eat when dining out.

PLATO is proud to be a part of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

With an amazing range of fresh produce and world-leading wines right on our doorstep, we don't need to look far to find the best items for our ever-changing menus.

Dining at PLATO

With an amazing range of fresh produce and world-leading wines right on our doorstep, we don't need to look far to find the best items for our ever-changing menus. Sorry if you’d like to bring your own cake, it’s a no-no, but don’t be too worried, we can stick a candle in most things - like our delicious desserts, so just let us know.

At PLATO we use the freshest ingredients, wherever possible sourced locally. These include organically-grown herbs and, when available, salad greens. Located right on the harbourfront, PLATO likes to use the best South Island fish and seafood, and local meats - all washed down with hard-to-beat Central Otago wines and locally produced beers (including our own Birch Street Brewery) and soft drinks.

Drinking at PLATO

When it comes to coffee, we drink lots of it ourselves. So, we like to make it properly. We serve a double shot espresso unless you ask us otherwise and if you like our coffee (thanks) our beans are roasted by Common Ground Espresso, right here in Dunedin.

We stock a wide range of quaffable wines, mostly from Central Otago and New Zealand, with a couple of Aussie bottles. A fan of the liquid gold ourselves, we stock our own house red and white. Our philosophy is to serve things we like to drink and we’re not about making wine inaccessible. We offer BYO, with $10 corkage, (but not for functions), so if you do have something special you’d like to bring to dinner or lunch, you can.

We have a selection of classic local beers, along with a selection of our very own beer. Birch Street Brewery is brewed right here at PLATO in the old seafarers’ laundry room. We usually have about four Birch Street beers on tap, with a couple of seasonal options, just ask our wait staff.

 

 

The Atmosphere at PLATO

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