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Category Archives: Cheap and Cheerful

HAPPY JAPANESE

  New Lynn continues to excite: across the road from the highly excellent Paasha and Mr Zhou’s Dumplings is Happy Japanese. Its name is brilliant, of course, but it does follow through: this is indeed happy, a great local joint serving Japanese classic comfort food. It’s simple inside, with a slightly ritzy 1970s feel – […]

VIET SANDWICH

Photographs: David Straight You might remember Viet Sandwich from the Glenfield Night Markets: not long ago, it parked up in a cute little yellow cart outside AUT. And we are very glad it did, since Viet Sandwich is dedicated to one, very simple but very beautiful thing – banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich, served from […]

MEKONG VIETNAMESE

  Photograph: David Straight At the moment, it’s a little too easy to get sucked into the lure of the new: something opens every week it seems, and some of these places are very good indeed. Which makes it way too easy to forget about the things we have – like Mekong Vietnamese. Mekong has […]

PEASANT

Photographs: David Straight  Remember Two Monkeys? Just in case: a glass box with a blue-painted steel frame, dirty floors, formica tables, ordinary food. Last year, brothers Simon and John Yip (their mum is Vietnamese) took over the space, painted it white, polished the concrete floor and installed timber tables, metal chairs and industrial drop pendants. It is at […]

CHINOISERIE

Photographs: David Straight Mark our words: you’re going to see more like this. Chinoiserie occupies a narrow shopfront in a very ordinary part of Mt Albert; it’s owned by good people behind the throughly successful cafe L’Oeuf next door, which does inventive things with eggs. The fitout is beautiful: a punk sort of take on […]