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Category Archives: Bistro

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 […]

FEDERAL DELICATESSEN

Photographs: David Straight It could have gone so horribly wrong. “The Fed” is a homage to a classic New York delicatessen with diner touches: formica, waitresses in mint green 1950s dresses, bottomless filter coffee. In the hands of Al Brown, though, it works brilliantly – it’s an extension of his bagel-meets-oyster empire (The Fed is […]

SECOND HELPINGS: COCO’S CANTINA

Photographs: David Straight We’ve never asked who Coco is, and nor does it matter. When Coco’s Cantina opened four years ago, it somehow defined a moment in Auckland: these days, it’s everyone’s favourite bistro – and you get the impression owners Damaris and Renee Coulter prefer it that way. The music is loud, you will […]

BADUZZI

Photographs: David Straight Finally. Two years on, there is somewhere to eat at North Wharf. It has pedigree: owner Michael Dearth made a name at The Grove for careful, considered dining in a private, bricky space. With Baduzzi, he’s done something else entirely – baduzzi means “meatballs” in the Sicilian dialect. Yes: this is a posh […]