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Category Archives: Downtown

BREAKFAST: MASU

Photographs: David Straight For a child of the 1980s, nothing was more fancy than breakfast out at a fancy hotel – the Regent, say, where the hot chocolate was rich and dark. Sadly, for the longest time, hotel breakfast didn’t measure up to these very high standards. Until, that is, Masu introduced the Sunday Nichiyo […]

ROCKEFELLER

Photographs: David Straight Rockefeller is an oyster and champagne bar in in a fantastic old brick warehouse on a windswept expanse of Fanshawe Street, a relic of a former age when this was the edge of the harbour and and there were no buses or cars racing to get to the motorway. It’s classic in […]

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, […]