COVID-19 has brought unimaginable challenges this year. Hospitality has been hit particularly hard and although we have done well as a country to persevere through this difficult time, there are still struggles and uncertainty.


However, this situation has also offered an opportunity to rethink how things are done. For us at Number 5, we have been inspired to use this time to undergo a rebirth and redefine what we want our restaurant to be. There are decades of history within the walls of Number 5 and we respect the origins of this iconic establishment. But to fulfill our own vision, we must break away from the old and embrace the new….to create our own legacy without influence from the past. 


Starting from Wednesday 21st October, Number 5 will be called ‘Mela’. Led by Executive Chef Jack Crosti, Mela will be a more genuine representation of our food philosophy. The majority of our menu will continue to offer the same exceptional quality and creativity that we have delivered over the past year, but we will be making a stronger focus towards curating products to include on our menu. This will include items such as cheeses, charcuterie and other products that will be made in-house. We will emphasise sourcing the best New Zealand raw ingredients and working closely with local suppliers as the foundation for our products.


The inspiration for the name Mela originates from a Greek fable; that we are all half of an apple, searching for our other perfect half in order to make us complete. Although we felt a great privilege in adopting Number 5 last year, we have not yet felt that perfect match. With Mela, we hope to truly make this restaurant our own, to make it our perfect fit.


Mela is the celebration of love, both off and on the plate. 

Number 5 last service



Our menu has been curated with the highest quality ingredients with an emphasis on New Zealand produce. It will change regularly depending on seasonal availability. We offer an a la carte menu as well as 3-course and 5-course degustation menus.

We are able to cater to all dietary requirements upon request. 



Reservations are not required but are recommended. Click below to book your table with us. 



Our private dining area is available for groups up to 50 people. We have several set menu options available which can be viewed below. For more information, email or contact us using the form below. 



Number 5 Restaurant

Tel: 09 309 9273

5 City Road, Grafton, Auckland 1010

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Parking is available after 6pm in the Symonds Street Dental Centre car park located next to the Number 5 building. 

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