Auckland

Giapo, Auckland CBD

Giapo, Auckland CBD

The most exciting part of Queen Street, Auckland is surely the Giapo store. Since it’s explosive launch in 2008 it’s changed a lot of the years and I grew up spending many happy evenings with the gelato. My last visit was on my whirlwind Christmas […]

VR Bakers Restaurant, Papatoetoe

VR Bakers Restaurant, Papatoetoe

It does not get more understated than this. If you’ve got this far, be sure to check out the absolute hidden gem of a dining experience at VR Bakers Restaurant. Starting out as a Vietnamese bakery offering the usual banh mi wares, VR has since […]

Chinoiserie, Mt Albert

Chinoiserie, Mt Albert

The term chinoiserie refers to European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, so the restaurant is completely upfront in that respect. At Chinoiserie, once you’ve navigated the challenge of a table, you can enjoy well presented, mostly flavourful dishes that are real […]

Panda Kitchen, Somerville

Panda Kitchen, Somerville

We chow down when we hit Howick. It’s one of my family’s favourite areas for Asian eating, and that’s available in droves in the Meadowlands shopping area. So is carparking these days, which is a relief. The four of us hit up five-ish dishes and […]

Miann, Auckland

Miann, Auckland

I arrived at Miann with an unbridled enthusiasm, after having heard tales of its development and success from a few friends. I don’t think I’ve found another city with the same passion for the fine dessert course so I made sure to check it out […]

Star Cafe Seafood Restaurant, Flat Bush

Star Cafe Seafood Restaurant, Flat Bush

Star Cafe in Flat Bush remains a popular choice and my parents head there on occasion for the yum cha. Service and decor is entirely transactional but the food is fairly good and well priced, however I ended up with a dry mouth after my last […]

Petit Bocal, Sandringham, Auckland

Petit Bocal, Sandringham, Auckland

Petit Bocal was the choice of the morning for a picturesque catchup breakfast. It’s located away from the city hustle on a quiet part of Sandringham Road, making for a relaxed start to the day. Due to the early hour we didn’t have any issues […]

Orleans, Britomart, Auckland

Orleans, Britomart, Auckland

I’ve always had a soft spot for Orleans since it entered the Auckland dining scene. Most of that is due to the chicken and waffles. But Orleans also delivers in terms of pure funk, theme, location and just being a familiar, approachable spot. When I was […]

Dong Ji BBQ Noodle House, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Dong Ji BBQ Noodle House, Mt Wellington, Auckland

“Sam, we’re going to eat donkey. But you’re really going to like it” my parents snigger to themselves. I’ve learnt over my twenty nine years not to question my old folks, so I nod politely and follow along. It’s not like I have a choice. […]