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Tag Archives: Before the Theatre


Photographs: David Straight Rockefeller is an oyster and champagne bar in in a fantastic old brick warehouse on a windswept expanse of Fanshawe Street, a relic of a former age when this was the edge of the harbour and and there were no buses or cars racing to get to the motorway. It’s classic in […]


  Photographs: David Straight We found Dak Hanmari when we went looking for Dak Galbi – a classic working-class Korean fried chicken dish: we can’t find it anywhere else. It’s a small joint up the top of Queen Street, reached a few steps down off the street: there are burners in the middle of the […]


Photographs: David Straight There on that little windswept bit of K Road just up from Mercury Lane, where there is Family Bar on one side and Calendar Girls on the other and plenty of karaoke, you’ll find Apero. It’s the first restaurant of Leslie Hottiaux and Mo Koski, who used to work for the likes […]


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, […]


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 […]