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  Photographs: David Straight You’ll recognise the menu. Last year, the owners of New Flavour – that of the rustic dumplings and the terrible service – sold the legendary restaurant to new owners and frankly, it’s never been the same since. Then word came by email from a kind reader. Mr Zhou, the former owner of New […]


  Photographs: David Straight Wairau Valley, that great unexplored expanse of big box retail, hides who knows how many local ethnic eateries. Such grim environs, yet so much food to eat. Like Haroobang, which you’ll find in a strip mall off Link Drive, in the same complex as the wondrous Queen Chef. There is always, needless to […]


[Photographs: David Straight] Auckland has needed a Chinese restaurant that doesn’t have fluorescent lighting for a long time – so when the Blue Breeze Inn opened, we were hopeful. The fitout is fabulous, China by way of a tropical resort, lots of dark timber and colourful prints and mad lighting and bold tiling in the […]


[Photographs: David Straight] A couple of years ago, we reviewed what was then known as the Ti Xiang Dumpling House, in a tiny storefront on a blustery stretch of Upper Queen Street. Then, it closed for a year – much to our dismay. Now, it’s re-opened, only it calls itself Top Cafe. Nothing has changed, […]


[Photographs: David Straight] This is the kind of place you might not know about until you’ve lived in Auckland for a few years. It’s in a pretty old villa and it looks like the kind of “Chinese” restaurant that you went to in the 16980s, and which just happens to serve the best Peking duck […]