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Category Archives: Eastern Suburbs


 [Photographs: David Straight] The Hip Group has a habit of opening cafes and restaurants that fit so well you wonder why they didn’t exist before. Now, they’ve cracked St Heliers. It’s a bold move: great views, expensive property, a well-heeled population – and until now, nowhere to eat. Not for want of trying – but inexplicably, […]


[Photographs: David Straight] There doesn’t appear to be any Basque food, but we don’t care. Basque is in the back streets of Newmarket – just there, behind the movies and near the little park. It’s small and noisy, and it’s hard to get a table. The menu is short, Spanish tapas, rustic, casually presented and […]


We’re going to call it: this may be the best beef rendang in Auckland. It is slow cooked for hours, redolent with lemon grass and spices, falling apart on your fork. It costs $13.50, or $14 if you splash out on the nasi lemak, when it comes with a boiled egg and sambal. It is […]


Now this is good eating. La Cigale started as an antique importer and then began an outrageously successful weekend farmers’ market before starting to serve dinner four nights a week out the back of its warehouse on the market tables. It’s brilliant food and very well priced – it’s $28 a head, which gets you a […]