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Category Archives: Uptown

MASU

Photographs: David Straight Masu has serious pedigree. Chef Nik Watt is a master of the grill has cooked in robata all over the world. SkyCity spent many millions on the fitout. Nick Achison, formerly of The French Cafe, is the maître d. It bills itself as a robata – a Japanese grill – only it’s […]

IL MEE

Photographs: David Straight Back in 1992, Il Mee opened at the top of Queen Street in an Edwardian stretch of shops which, back then, we called Chinatown. These days that windswept stretch is mostly Korean, and yet Il Mee is still our favourite, a comforting slice straight out of 1990s Auckland. There is wood panelling, […]

FEDERAL DELICATESSEN

Photographs: David Straight It could have gone so horribly wrong. “The Fed” is a homage to a classic New York delicatessen with diner touches: formica, waitresses in mint green 1950s dresses, bottomless filter coffee. In the hands of Al Brown, though, it works brilliantly – it’s an extension of his bagel-meets-oyster empire (The Fed is […]

SECOND HELPINGS: COCO’S CANTINA

Photographs: David Straight We’ve never asked who Coco is, and nor does it matter. When Coco’s Cantina opened four years ago, it somehow defined a moment in Auckland: these days, it’s everyone’s favourite bistro – and you get the impression owners Damaris and Renee Coulter prefer it that way. The music is loud, you will […]

SAKANAYA

[Photographs: David Straight] The rain starts falling and we find ourselves drawn to this little shop on a windswept stretch of Symonds Street. We go there in summer and it is good then too, but there is something about this joint that just suits the winter. Part surf shack, part fish restaurant – “sakanaya” actually […]