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Category Archives: Chinese

MR ZHOU’S DUMPLINGS

  Photographs: David Straight You’ll recognise the menu. Last year, the owners of New Flavour – that of the rustic dumplings and the terrible service – sold the legendary restaurant to new owners and frankly, it’s never been the same since. Then word came by email from a kind reader. Mr Zhou, the former owner of New […]

BUN HUT

Photographs: David Straight Quite often, we get asked where to go to brunch in this town. Not being fans of over-priced eggs, we can now say: Bun Hut. The interior is classic Balmoral Cheap Eat – vinyl, chrome, flat light. The service is actually quite friendly. It’s spotless – the other day, a waitress worked her […]

BLUE BREEZE INN

[Photographs: David Straight] Auckland has needed a Chinese restaurant that doesn’t have fluorescent lighting for a long time – so when the Blue Breeze Inn opened, we were hopeful. The fitout is fabulous, China by way of a tropical resort, lots of dark timber and colourful prints and mad lighting and bold tiling in the […]

TOP CAFE

[Photographs: David Straight] A couple of years ago, we reviewed what was then known as the Ti Xiang Dumpling House, in a tiny storefront on a blustery stretch of Upper Queen Street. Then, it closed for a year – much to our dismay. Now, it’s re-opened, only it calls itself Top Cafe. Nothing has changed, […]

JIALE BUN SHOP

[Photographs: David Straight] Sometimes, the Jiale Bun Shop is so busy there isn’t time to clear the tables. The door opens and closes constantly, and there is almost always a couple of people in front of you ordering. It is shady, and it has a steamy smell. Sometimes, there is intense discussion in Chinese. For […]