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CASSIA

      Photographs: David Straight Cassia opened a few months back in the space that Mandarin – a beautiful restaurant that should have been a hit but somehow wasn’t – vacated last year in ignominious circumstances. Then Sid Sahrawat (who owns Sidart in Ponsonby) and wife Chand took over the space and announced their intention to […]

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 […]

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, […]