[Photographs: David Straight]
We go to the Golden Dawn quite often: in fact, it’s probably our favourite bar in Auckland. Sometimes, in the early evening – gosh, late at night too – we visit to eat, rather than drink. The menu, seasonal and simple, runs from bread and butter ($5) to a sticky lamb neck stew ($16), unctuous and fragrant with cinnamon. But this is no ordinary bread and butter. This is tangy, organic sourdough served with butter flecked with smoked garlic.
And it’s no ordinary lamb stew: it’s a generous enamel plate of black lentils, smoky soft lamb, fresh herbs and Brussels sprouts. Accompanied by one of the Dawn’s organic, biodynamic red wines, it’s a heavenly way to spend an evening.
We’re also quite partial to the corn bread, served with salsa; the Welsh Rarebit, the Krokety potato balls – this is very good bar food, rustic and substantial; organic and flavoursome. Proprietors of Auckland, take note – one can serve things other than fries to line the stomachs of your patrons. NS
HOURS Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm until late. Friday to Sunday, 3pm until late.
ADDRESS Corner of Richmond and Ponsonby Roads, Ponsonby, ph 376-9929. goldendawn.co.nz
IMPORTANT DETAILS The Golden Dawn is a bar, so, unless you want to get trampled by merry dancers, enjoy a more quiet meal on a weeknight before around 8pm.