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Category Archives: Newmarket


Photographs: David Straight Sometimes you go looking for one thing and find something else – especially in the highly excellent stretch of cheap and cheerful restaurants along Khyber Pass in Newmarket. And so it was that we stumbled across Kabo Rae for lunch one day – a spare, white-and-timber space in a small shopfront. Service […]


[Photographs: David Straight] There are times – a rainy Tuesday, say, or maybe Friday – when nothing but Malaysian hawker food will do. And when that happens, we head straight to Laksa House in the Newmarket Plaza Food Court. The environs are nothing special: it’s in a narrow covered street under the Rialto carpark affectionately known […]


[Photographs: David Straight] Further evidence of life in Newmarket. For years, we never ate here and then, a few months ago, we started coming over more and more – there’s Basque Kitchen of course, and then friends introduced us to Ile de France. From the outside, it looks like one of those classically clichéd French […]


[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 […]