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Category Archives: Inner West

CONCH

Photographs: David Straight There’s something nice about a place that opens as one thing, turns into something else and then finally becomes something else again: Conch started as a record store and then it started selling coffee. Now, it has a “kitchen and bar” out the back of the shop. You feel like you’re in […]

THE LUCKY TACO

Photographs: David Straight The only thing we were going to suggest at The Lucky Taco was that it would be nice to have somewhere to sit. Then, we read they’d bought some plastic stools and so we can happily announce: The Lucky Taco is basically perfect. You’ll know of Otis Frizzell, of course – the […]

ORPHANS KITCHEN

Photographs: David Straight Orphans Kitchen is the kind of place that opens and you like it so much it induces a mild anxiety: if this wasn’t here, where would I eat? It’s owned by two nice young fellows – Josh Helm and Tom Hishon – who bought the late, great Ella Cafe a few months […]

LATE NIGHT DINER

  Photographs: David Straight You could visit for the soundtrack alone. It is loud, it is classic and it inclines itself to air guitar – which, given that this place exists to feed the slightly boozy patrons of Ponsonby, seems entirely appropriate. For years, this space was a succession of good but under-patronised cocktail bars: […]

BLUE BREEZE INN

[Photographs: David Straight] Auckland has needed a Chinese restaurant that doesn’t have fluorescent lighting for a long time – so when the Blue Breeze Inn opened, we were hopeful. The fitout is fabulous, China by way of a tropical resort, lots of dark timber and colourful prints and mad lighting and bold tiling in the […]