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Category Archives: Local

BIWON KOREAN BBQ

  Photographs: David Straight Just off Link Drive, near the Freedom and behind the foodcourt and next to the hospice shop, you’ll find Biwon. Such inauspicious surroundings: such fantastic food. They do all the Korean standards here – bibimbap and soup and so on – but you’re really here for grilled meat. You might be familiar […]

BOLAVEN

Photographs: David Straight We need more places like this. Bolaven is named after the Bolaven plateau, in the high country of Laos – owner Sip Mounlath’s parents came from Laos in the 1970s and so her new restaurant has that wonderful and rare combination: cute fitout, decent wine list, authentic food. It opened a few weeks back and, […]

ROSIE

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, […]

SECOND HELPINGS: THE ENGINE ROOM

Photographs: David Straight The Engine Room has always been brilliant. Now it’s better. It opened eight years ago in a 1930s post office and when it did it caused a sea change in Auckland dining – you could have some of the best eating in town, but it didn’t need to be somewhere posh: you […]

CAZADOR

Photographs: David Straight  We need more restaurants like this. Two years ago, Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt – son and daughter-in-law of original owners Tony and Barbara – bought Cazador from the family and set about making it their own. We always had a soft spot for the place, which started in 1987, but boy do […]