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Category Archives: Eastern Suburbs


Photographs: David Straight Rosie used to be Rosehip and it was a local cafe. Now, it is softly glamorous, all travertine floors, chairs made from leather and timber, oak tables and huge sliding glass doors out to the street. It’s open from morning until late. There is pleasure in the small things: the handmade ceramic plates, […]


 [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 […]