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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 […]

JIMMY THE FISH

[Photographs: David Straight] Finally, Auckland has a seafood joint that matches the quality of our fish. But that comes as no surprise: owner Jimmy “The Fish” Gerard is something of an Auckland seafood legend. Until recently he was one of the owners of Harbourside, he buys fish for a bunch of restaurants around Auckland, and […]

THE COMMONS

[Photographs: David Straight]  You’ll find The Commons in a stripped-out 1950s department store, all brick and concrete and metal and wood. It’s owned by Pack & Company, self-described “Social Architects” and a company that owns a lot of restaurants around Auckland. Usually, they’re beautiful and they often have a good chef, but they’re not perfect, […]

CAFE ABYSSINIA

[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 […]

FARO

[Photographs by David Straight] There’s something quite appealing about cooking your own dinner, particularly when you get to do it while sitting on a red throne. Faro is a traditional Korean BBQ restaurant, huge and mostly empty. It shouldn’t be. There’s a small barbecue in the middle of the table, and an extractor tube that whisks […]