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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 […]


Photographs: David Straight Here’s a tip: get to Mamak early or go late. The tiny shopfront in the Chancery has a handful of tables inside and a handful of tables outside and it’s almost always full. It’s smart – white walls, dark wooden tables and Malaysian phrases written on the wall in bright green; the […]


[Pictures: David Straight] Such is the pace of development at Britomart – where, lucky you, half a dozen restaurants have opened in the past year or so – that Ebisu is already something of a classic. When it first opened in March, we liked it, a lot. Though if we’re honest, we did wonder quite […]


[Pictures: Todd Eyre] Be prepared to leave full. “Ima” means “mother” in Hebrew, and owner Yael Shochat – ever the good Jewish mama – likes to feed her patrons well. She came to Auckland a decade ago from Israel via Britain, and started the Lunchbox, which became Ima, on Shortland Street. There, her shakshuka – […]