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Category Archives: Downtown

DISTRICT 5

Photographs: David Straight District 5 is two small sheds around a deck on Shortland Street, in the lee of corporate office towers and we presume they’re referring to District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City rather than Panem in the Hunger Games. It’s very bright and it’s painted colours you find all over Vietnam – […]

CASSIA

      Photographs: David Straight Cassia opened a few months back in the space that Mandarin – a beautiful restaurant that should have been a hit but somehow wasn’t – vacated last year in ignominious circumstances. Then Sid Sahrawat (who owns Sidart in Ponsonby) and wife Chand took over the space and announced their intention to […]

MARIGOLD THAI E-SARN

Photographs: David Straight It says a lot that this is only the second review of a Thai restaurant we’ve published on EHN, and the first cheapie. Quite why it took so long to find this place is beyond us, except to say we’d just given up on good Thai in Auckland. Too sweet, too thin, […]

MAMAK

Photographs: David Straight Here’s a tip: get to Mamak early or go late. The tiny shopfront in the Chancery has a handful of tables inside and a handful of tables outside and it’s almost always full. It’s smart – white walls, dark wooden tables and Malaysian phrases written on the wall in bright green; the […]

ORTOLANA

[Photographs: David Straight] Breakfast, lunch, dinner – it doesn’t matter which you go to at Ortolana, because it’s all brilliant and so we find ourselves there at odd times in search of early breakfast or late lunch. It opens at 7am and closes at 11pm and so you will never be told that the kitchen […]