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Photographs: David Straight Quite often, the pleasure in fish and chips is circumstantial: eating them on a wharf, say, fending off seagulls or sitting on a beach as the sun goes down. As long as the fish isn’t too overdone and the batter isn’t undercooked, you’re happy. Sometimes, though, it’s about the fish and the […]


    Photographs: David Straight In a way, this is a bit of a farewell. Stafford Road Wine Bar has always been a very nice spot – dark timber chairs, a corner site, a good wine list and decent beer. It was the kind of place that made you think Auckland had hope; that life was […]


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 […]


[Photographs: David Straight] At last. Mount Roskill might have become an enclave for Ethiopians in recent years, but – possibly because many arrived here as refugees – until now there’s never been a restaurant. Believe me: I’ve looked. Then, the other day, a hopeful Google search threw up Cafe Abyssinia, and I got very excited […]


[Photographs: David Straight] A very long time ago, I came to look at what is now My Kitchen, back when it was a dirgy flat above a shop. It looks much better now, slightly mod and very clean. We like the white walls, the red vinyl seats, the timber. We also like the terrific sign […]