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Category Archives: Bistro

BOLAVEN

Photographs: David Straight We need more places like this. Bolaven is named after the Bolaven plateau, in the high country of Laos – owner Sip Mounlath’s parents came from Laos in the 1970s and so her new restaurant has that wonderful and rare combination: cute fitout, decent wine list, authentic food. It opened a few weeks back and, […]

STAFFORD ROAD WINE BAR

    Photographs: David Straight In a way, this is a bit of a farewell. Stafford Road Wine Bar has always been a very nice spot – dark timber chairs, a corner site, a good wine list and decent beer. It was the kind of place that made you think Auckland had hope; that life was […]

ROSIE

Photographs: David Straight Rosie used to be Rosehip and it was a local cafe. Now, it is softly glamorous, all travertine floors, chairs made from leather and timber, oak tables and huge sliding glass doors out to the street. It’s open from morning until late. There is pleasure in the small things: the handmade ceramic plates, […]

SECOND HELPINGS: THE ENGINE ROOM

Photographs: David Straight The Engine Room has always been brilliant. Now it’s better. It opened eight years ago in a 1930s post office and when it did it caused a sea change in Auckland dining – you could have some of the best eating in town, but it didn’t need to be somewhere posh: you […]

CAZADOR

Photographs: David Straight  We need more restaurants like this. Two years ago, Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt – son and daughter-in-law of original owners Tony and Barbara – bought Cazador from the family and set about making it their own. We always had a soft spot for the place, which started in 1987, but boy do […]