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Category Archives: Cheap and Cheerful

DAK HANMARI

  Photographs: David Straight We found Dak Hanmari when we went looking for Dak Galbi – a classic working-class Korean fried chicken dish: we can’t find it anywhere else. It’s a small joint up the top of Queen Street, reached a few steps down off the street: there are burners in the middle of the […]

MARSIC BROTHERS

Photographs: David Straight Quite often, the pleasure in fish and chips is circumstantial: eating them on a wharf, say, fending off seagulls or sitting on a beach as the sun goes down. As long as the fish isn’t too overdone and the batter isn’t undercooked, you’re happy. Sometimes, though, it’s about the fish and the […]

V-FUELS

Photographs: David Straight Just off Queen Street, there are a handful of new restaurants on Mayoral Drive, tiny little spaces with a handful of tables. V-Fuels is the smallest: it’s mostly kitchen, with a couple of tiny tables and in this way it’s about as close as you might get to a market stall in […]

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 […]