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Category Archives: Inner West


We weren’t very happy when Jimmy “the Fish” Gerard shut up shop in Ponsonby late last year: his Lion Red beer batter and gruff demeanour were the perfect antidote to Ponsonby Central’s hipster surrounds. So we rejoiced when he popped up in the back corner of the Grey Lynn Returned Services Club. There are families with kids, guys playing pool, men […]


I’ve been to Chiang Mai, but it wasn’t as good as this. Saan is a very beautiful restaurant on the corner of Douglas Street and Ponsonby Road where there used to be a Video Ezy that smelled a little like stale coffee. Now there’s a restaurant designed by Cheshire Architects that looks all faded and […]


Photographs: David Straight Tucked away down a back alley behind Golden Dawn, what was once a travelling grill has become a permanent fixture of Ponsonby Road. There is a massive open plan kitchen and lots of blackened steel – festooned with fairground bulbs – and saloon-style wooden chairs and raw timber, along with an ominious-looking […]


  Orphans Kitchen reminds you just how delightful breakfast can be. You might have eaten dinner there since it opened a couple of years back – chef Tom Hishon takes a devilishly clever approach to simple and secondary ingredients, and the place is nicely casual without being sloppy. It’s lovely at night – small, with […]


Photographs: David Straight  You might be familiar with the Matterhorn in Wellington: a restaurant that took a strange little coffee lounge and turned it into a legend. It feels like a bar where anything could happen and that might be kind of dangerous. Auckland’s version opened a couple of months back in a big beautiful bricky […]